SmokeAlarmBatteryFire Prevention Week kicks of on October 5, 2014 and runs through October 11, 2014.

The theme this year is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month”.

The Toledo Fire & Rescue Department will be resurrecting the Fireman Freddy Parade as part of this year’s Fire Prevention Week.

The parade will begin at the Toledo Firefighters Museum, 918 West Sylvania Avenue,  on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., and is open to everyone. The parade will make its way down Sylvania Avenue, then left on Willys Parkway to the Eleanor Kahle Senior Center, 1315 Hillcrest Avenue, where there will be activities until 3:00 p.m. There will also be fire safety activities taking place at the Toledo Firefighters Museum during this time as well.

Taking part in the parade along with marchers and dignitaries will be Toledo Fire & Rescue Department apparatus and high school marching bands.

Fire Prevention Week began in 1922 after President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Protection Day proclamation in 1920. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. Since 1925, the President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance of Fire Prevention Week in the period on which October 9 would fall.