Several events this weekend will celebrate Fire Prevention Week.
The weeklong celebration commemorates the Great Chicago Fire, which started Oct. 8, 1871, and killed 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.
The theme for the week – which runs the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls each year – is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”
Nationwide, fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007 and 2011, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The fires resulted in 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 injuries and $853 million in damage.
Open houses scheduled this weekend include:
• Fox Lake Fire Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 306 Washington St. For information, call 847-587-3312.
• Nunda Rural Fire Protection District from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1713 Route 176 in Crystal Lake. The event also includes a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 815-455-1559.
• Richmond Fire Department beginning at 11:30 a.m. at 5601 Hunter Drive. The event includes a pig roast for $10 and a bike ride fundraiser. The open house is free. For information, call 815-678-3672.
Several other fire departments will be at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday for Fire Safety Day.
Other departments and municipalities held events last weekend.
For information about Fire Prevention Week, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.