--- Issued December 2, 2015

These are the winners of the 2015 Fire Prevention Week Fire Safety Poster Contest sponsored by the Housing Authority Insurance Organization:

From left are Nancy Tamang, first place;  Asmita Siwakoti, third place;  and Anjali Selvam, second place.

The three received a Certificate, a Gift Card from WalMart, and a framed copy of their drawings

More than 40 young residents of HACE  submitted entries.

All three winners are residents of the John E. Horan Garden Apartments and participate in the John E. Horan Garden Apartments YMCA Kids Club.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm,” provided "an ideal opportunity to educate the public and our children about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home," said John E. Horan, executive director of the Housing Authority.

National Fire Prevention Week is observed in the United States and Canada, during the week (from Sunday to Saturday) in which October 9 falls.

"As far as we're concerned, all 52 weeks of the year should be fire prevention week," Horan said.

In the United States, the first Presidential proclamation of Fire Prevention Week was made in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) continues to be the international sponsor of the week.

The Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire. On the 40th anniversary (1911) of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (FMANA); the oldest membership section of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), sponsored the first National Fire Prevention Day, deciding to observe the anniversary as a way to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.

When President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week on October 4–10, 1925, he noted that in the previous year some 15,000 lives were lost to fire in the United States. Calling the loss "startling", Coolidge's proclamation stated: "This waste results from the conditions which justify a sense of shame and horror; for the greater part of it could and ought to be prevented... It is highly desirable that every effort be made to reform the conditions which have made possible so vast a destruction of the national wealth."