Fire Prevention Week is observed annually during the week in which October 9, the date of the Great Chicago Fire, falls. Many fire departments around the state will hold open houses and other events where families will be invited into their firehouses. The MEL wishes to remind fire department leaders to closely inspect their stations, apparatus, and equipment to make sure it is safe for the general public. The Department owes a higher level of diligence to the public than employees who are familiar with the fire station environment. Before any event where the public is invited to the fire station, check walkways and parking lots, bay floors, and apparatus cabs and cabinets for conditions that, while not hazardous to firefighters, could be a hazard to children and other individuals who are not familiar with them. Please feel free to contact your Safety Director or Safety Consultant for more details.