CHAPTER 342 – STATE OF DELAWARE – EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, devastating fire always has been a matter of grave concern to mankind; sweeping forest and field, city and town; destroying generations of handiwork of nature and man; destroying factories and stores, hotels and hospitals, churches and schools; driving men, women and children from their homes, bereft of shelter and their earthly possessions, and

WHEREAS, fire leaves in its wake thousands of dead and injured, many hopelessly crippled for life, and

WHEREAS, fire wastage, whether it be of buildings, products or man-power, is a crime against the nation and its defenses, and

WHEREAS, this waste is not due to man's fate but to manmade causes and, therefore, may be controlled by exercising safe practices and safe habits on the part of our citizens, and

WHEREAS, The President of the United States, for the benefit of the whole American people has proclaimed the week of

OCTOBER 6-12 to be

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

in order that the people of this state in every community shall individually and through various organizations discover and correct existing fire hazards, promote measures of public and private fire protection, extend instruction in fire prevention among adults, as well as school children, and arouse the people generally to the need for habits of greater care.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be affixed at Dover, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Forty, and of the Independence of the United States the One Hundred and Sixty-Fifth.

(GREAT SEAL)

By the Governor:

RICHARD C. McMULLEN

JOSIAH MARVEL, JR., Secretary of State.