Public safety is a top priority within the community of Ashland.
Safety from fire is important both to citizens and local firefighters, who put their lives on the line with every response to fire.
Residents of Ashland must take action to prevent fires and protect themselves if fire strikes.
Awareness of simple safety practices can help prevent fire deaths and injuries.
Working smoke alarms on every level and a home fire escape plan and regular drills are essential for every household in Ashland.
Ashland is joining the National Fire Protection Association in teaching lifesaving skills in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week.
Remember the Fire Prevention Week 2003 caution, "When Fire Strikes: Get Out! Stay Out!" and urge all citizens to heed the advice to install smoke alarms and plan and practice fire drills.
Now, therefore, the City Council and Mayor, on behalf of the citizens of Ashland, hereby proclaim the week of October 5 - 11, 2003, as
NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
This week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed more than 250 persons, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,400 buildings. We call upon the people of Ashland to participate in fire prevention activities at home, work and school and to take the steps needed to make their homes and families safe from the leading causes of home fires, which include cooking, heating and electrical.
Dated this 7th day of October, 2003.
Barbara Christensen, City Recorder
Alan DeBoer, Mayor
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