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104 STAT. 5418 PROCLAMATION 6201—OCT. 11, 1990 onstrated what we can do, both individually and collectively, to protect ourselves from becoming victims of fire. All of these programs carry a vital message: each of us has the ability—and, indeed, a responsibility—to protect our families, our property, and our environment. The National Fire Protection Association, which initiated Fire Prevention Week, has annoimced the theme of this year's observance: "Make Your Place Firesafe: Himt for Home Hazards." This theme underscores the importance of recognizing dangers and taking measiu-es to eliminate them. For example, every homeowner should install and maintain household smoke detectors; keep exits clear; avoid careless smoking; and store matches and lighters out of the reach of children. Homeowners should ensure that heating equipment is in good working order, and they should keep heating appliances at least 3 feet away from anything that can bum. Combustible or flammable liquids shoidd be stored in proper containers, away from heat or flame, and electrical cords should be checked for cracks and frays. These and other simple steps can save lives. Sharing the concerns of the National Fire Protection Association, the United States Fire Administration is coordinating public education campaigns designed to promote private-public partnerships for frre prevention. Our Nation owes a debt of gratitude to these organizations and to all those individuals who are committed to preventing deaths and injuries from fire, including the members of the National Fire Academy; the International Association of Fire Chiefs; the International Association of Fire Fighters; the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters; the Fire Service Caucus Institute; the National Volimteer Fire Council; the International Society of Fire Service Instructors; the Fire Marshals Association of North America; the State Fire Marshals Association; and all other allied organizations. Each year, the National Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Service, held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsbiu-g, Maryland, honors those men and women who have answered their last alarm as volunteer or career fire fighters. On October 14, 1990, relatives and friends of fire fighters killed in the line of duty and representatives from the Nation's fire service organizations will gather to remember and pray for these heroic individuals. This week, as we make a special effort to identify and eliminate potential fire hazards in our homes and places of business, let us gratefully remember those fire fighters who have given their lives in the line of duty. NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim the week beginning October 7, 1990, as Fire Prevention Week. I call upon the people of the United States to plan and participate in fire prevention activities not only this week, but throughout the year. I also ask all Americans to join me in honoring the memory of diose fire fighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the lives and property of their neighbors. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereimto set my hand this Eleventh day of October, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety.