WHEREAS, fire persists as a most formidable and ruinous enemy on the home front, inflicting during the past year a new high in destruction of property and material and leaving thousands of dead and cruelly injured in its wake; and

WHEREAS, with victory achieved by our armed forces over our enemies around the world, and our industries rapidly converting to peacetime economy, we of Delaware and the nation should hasten to accept with fresh determination the challenge flaunted by the havoc wrought by flame and explosion and do our utmost to frustrate such waste of our resources and avert needless loss of human life; and

WHEREAS, it is deemed incumbent upon all citizens and duly constituted authorities to participate earnestly and with constant vigilance and precaution in an uncompromising fight against fire and its causes, emulating our fighting forces in leaving nothing undone to accomplish a desired objective,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate and proclaim the week of October 7th to 13th inclusive as


and ask the whole-hearted cooperation of citizens, public authorities, civic bodies, educators, clergymen, the press, and the radio in programs emphasizing the grave menace and costly consequences of uncontrolled fire in the home, on the farm, in industry, and in business, and the dangers inherent in every fire to the persons of our firemen and others.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the Great Seal of the State of Delaware, at Dover, this twenty-seventh day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and seventieth.


By the Governor:


WILLIAM J. STOREY, Secretary of State.