CHAPTER 355 - STATE OF DELAWARE - EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS each year, notwithstanding the tendency to recognize the importance of fire prevention through educational activities and fire control- through the vigilance of the fire companies of the various cities and towns, loss sustained by fire reaches staggering heights; and

WHEREAS fire is a friend of the enemy to an appalling degree whenever and wherever it interrupts our production, takes the lives of skilled war workers, destroys irreplaceable materials, and reduces to costly ashes our farms and homes; and

WHEREAS the normal annual fire loss in the forty-eight States exceeds the peak year of enemy bombing destruction over Britain--and our losses are still increasing; and

WHEREAS if we are to insure an early victory on the fighting front, we must control fire--the ever present, national menace, redouble our efforts and vigilance, particularly on the crucial home stretch.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate the week of October 3 to 9, as

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

and I urge every patriotic citizen, every public authority, all civic bodies and all educators, to emphasize for the benefit of our people the grave dangers attendant upon uncontrolled fire in the home, in industry and in business, and to lend their best efforts to this worthwhile campaign to reduce the losses by fire in this State.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the Great Seal of the State of Delaware, at Dover, this twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and sixty-eighth.

(GREAT SEAL)

By the Governor:

WALTER W. BACON

WILLIAM J. STOREY, Secretary of State.