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:


HARRIS B. McDOWELL, JR., Secretary of State.