#TBT From The NFPA Archives: 1932 Indianapolis Fire Prevention Exhibit

Blog Post created by jrodowicz Employee on Aug 16, 2018

With Fire Prevention Week right around the corner (October 7-13), we thought this would be a great time to show off some of the pictures in our archives from the 1932 Indiana State Fair. 

The first day of the fair that year was September 3, 1932 and the Indianapolis Fire Department provided a fire prevention booth. 
From the NFPA Quarterly vol.26, no.2, 1932:
“In the front of the tent thirty-one major hazards found in the home were displayed, including home dry cleaning, electrical hazards,  flues, stoves and stovepipes, open bonfires, rubbish, careless handling of ashes, kerosene for lighting fires, wooden shingle roofs, matches-smoking, etc. All of these hazards were displayed in such a manner that even the smallest child could understand. Approved methods for preventing such hazards were similarly displayed. Twelve reels of fire prevention film were shown continually from 9AM to 10PM, and lectures were given at intervals on home inspection and the proper way of calling the fire department. During the period of the fair 48,666 people viewed the exhibit. The display was arranged by the firemen, using exhibits loaned by Indianapolis merchants.”




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