Fire Prevention Week Proclamation of President Calvin Coolidge, 1925
Fire Prevention Week 1925
By the President of the United States of America
The Nation's fire loss in man power and material during 1924 to the extent of approximately 15,000 lives and property valued in excess of $548,000,000 is cause for general concern and consideration. This vast waste is incurred under conditions which cannot fail to arouse a sense of horror and shame, for our experince indicates a major portion of it is preventable. While efforts should be made constantly to reduce fire destruction to a minimum, a period of one week is set aside each year in pursuance of a well established precedent during which the urgent need of preventing fires is forcibly stressed. It is important that this practice be continued and
Therefore, I, Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States of America, recommend that the week beginning Sunday, October 4th, be observed as National Fire Prevention Week. To state and municipal officials, civic and commercial organizations, school authorities, the clergy and the press I especially appeal in order that the fullest degree of cooperation may be forthcoming. During this week earnest study should be given to the principles of fire prevention by each individual with a view to applying them at all times to a sense of conserving the nation's resources in life and property. The prevention of fires is a most practical form of national economy.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done in the City of Washington on this xxxx day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred twenty-five and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and fiftieth.