Beginning in 1922, Fire Prevention Week is celebrated to inform the public of fire and life safety precautions in which to take to prevent fires. The national campaign was organized by the Fire Marshals Association of North America, today known as the International Association of Fire Marshals, to commemorate the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire.

Each year during the week October 9, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) develops a fire safety theme to push the fire safety message throughout the country. In general, fire prevention programs are delivered to children and schools. It is important to note that although many fire prevention programs are geared towards children, a multitude of information is also available for all age groups. Typically, topics covered in fire prevention week activities include exit drills in the home, testing smoke detectors, inspecting for hazards around the home, and learning procedures to take in case of a fire.

The Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office, in conjunction with the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company, Ocean City Emergency Services Fire/EMS Division, and the Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office, deliver the fire safety message annually to surrounding schools, with the primary goal being to protect life and property from the effects of fire through public education.

It is important to know that although fire prevention week encompasses one week of fire prevention education, good fire safety habits should be practiced year round. The Ocean City Fire Marshals Office has an array of material to promote good fire safety habits. Please call the Ocean City Fire Marshals Office with any questions regarding fire prevention material or visit