WHEREAS, of all the elements of danger to which humanity is exposed, fire annually inflicts one of the costliest tolls in lives and property damages; and

WHEREAS, much of this death and destruction can often be traced to hasty action or plain carelessness on the part of individuals; and

WHEREAS, many citizens are affected annually either through personal grief, financial loss or increased insurance rates in areas where hazards prevail or inadequate fire-fighting facilities exist; and

WHEREAS, it is only through cooperation of all of our citizens that hazards can be eliminated and future losses in lives and property reduced; and

WHEREAS, such cooperation and participation in a year-round preventative program will make easier the task assumed by our volunteer and professional firemen, who have consistently rendered heroic service in our behalf; now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim the week of October 4 through 10, 1959, 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 or in public places or industrial buildings. Furthermore, I urge all organizations--religious, patriotic, educational, civic, fraternal and professional--to give consideration to sponsorship of fire prevention programs in their respective communities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, 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 fourteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty-nine and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-fourth.


J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

GEORGE J. SCHULZ, Secretary of State