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Each year, Fire Prevention Week falls around the 9th of October. This was the date in 1871 when Mrs. O'Leary's cow is alleged to have started the Great Chicago Fire.

The focus of Fire Prevention Week is on burn awareness and prevention as well as keeping homes safe from the leading causes of home fires. Visit to learn more.

Change your clock, change your battery

The annual "Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery!" safety program also occurs during the month of October.

The program promotes the adoption of a simple lifesaving habit: Change all smoke alarm batteries when you change your clocks back to Standard Time each fall.

Smoke alarm tips
  • Change your smoke alarm batteries.
  • Check, Count, and Clean your smoke alarms.