STATE OF DELAWARE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT
WHEREAS, fires destroy hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of property and needlessly end the lives of nearly 10,000 people every year; and
WHEREAS, this destruction of lives, homes, and jobs constitutes a tremendous tax on the nation that could be reduced almost to zero if every man, woman and child would do his part to prevent fires; and
WHEREAS, great progress has been made in reducing fire losses in the past and there is every prospect that a great deal more can be accomplished; and
WHEREAS, the week of October 8 to 14, 1950 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 Twenty-seventh day of September, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Seventy-fifth.
By the Governor:
ELBERT N. CARVEL
HARRIS B. McDOWELL, Jr., Secretary of State.