STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, America's fire loss in 1948 resulted in the loss of 8,600 lives through burns and conflagrations, serious injury to many thousands of other persons and destruction of property amounting to $700,000,000; and
WHEREAS, this great social and economic loss caused untold suffering and hardship in thousands of American homes; and
WHEREAS, ninety per cent of America's disastrous fire loss can be prevented through careful inspection, prompt correction of all fire hazards and a knowledge of such hazards and what to do when fire breaks out; and
WHEREAS, the week of October 9 to 15, 1949, has been officially designated as
NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK by the President of the United States;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, call upon every man, woman and child; every home, school and church; every club and association; every governmental agency and civic group; every industrial and commercial organization; to join our firemen in a determined effort to reduce the menace of fires.
Let us utilize every resource at our command--newspapers, radio, public meetings, pulpits--in order to impress our citizens with the importance of the prevention of fires, and the tragic consequences that follow thoughtlessness, indifference and carelessness.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I Elbert N. Carvel, Governor
of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set
my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State
of Delaware to be hereunto affixed at Dover this
(GREAT SEAL) fourth day of October in the Year of Our Lord,
One Thousand Nine Hundred and Forty Nine
and of the Independence of the United States of
America, the One Hundred and Seventy-fourth.
By the Governor:
ELBERT N. CARVEL
HARRIS B. McDOWELL, JR., Secretary of State.