WHEREAS, it is in the interest of preserving our economic strength to take every precaution against any loss by fire which may come about through carelessness, negligence or thoughtlessness; and

WHEREAS, we need all of our vital industrial strength for the continued manufacture of materials with which to supply ourselves and our allies in the battle for a free world; and

WHEREAS, needless fires are a great strain on the manpower and equipment of our fire companies in the State, practically all of whose personnel serve in a volunteer capacity and make tremendous contributions to the preservation and protection of our homes and property; and

WHEREAS, by using care and preventative measures we can spare the lives of those who may needlessly perish in flames when sudden conflagrations arise:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, by virtue of the authority in me vested, do hereby designate the week of October 5, 1952, as


and I urge that every man, woman and child in Delaware accept as a personal responsibility the protection of property and the exercising of caution when dealing with fire, either in the home, out-of-doors, in public places or industrial buildings. And furthermore, I urge our schools, churches, farm organizations and civic groups to give special study to fire prevention during this week calling on all citizens to participate fully in this needed prevention program. All State facilities are also hereby directed to take those steps possible to assist in this crusade against the loss of life and property resulting from fires.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover this Ninth day

(GREAT SEAL) of October, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Seventy-seventh.


By the Governor:


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