Few things have the power to be as devastating and destructive as a fire. This was proven on October 8th and 9th, 1871, when a small barn fire turned into a massive flame that killed more than 250 people and burned down a large chunk of the city of Chicago. This incident is now known as The Great Chicago Fire. It serves as a reminder to this day of just how important fire safety is. Fire Prevention Day is a holiday celebrated on the anniversary of the destructive Chicago fire to encourage people to learn about what they can do to prevent fires in their communities. It has been celebrated every year since 1927. Alongside Fire Prevention Day, Fire Prevention Week is also celebrated on the Sunday through Saturday during which October 9th falls.