Did you know that Underwriters Laboratories (UL) was founded to help keep people safe from fire? It’s true: in 1894, founder William Henry Merrill opened the Underwriters’ Electrical Bureau, the Electrical Bureau of the National Board of Fire Underwriters after seeing the potential–and dangers–of the proliferation of electricity. UL’s first standard–Tin Clad Fire Doors–was published in 1903, and its mark appeared on a fire extinguisher the following year.
Fire safety has come a long way since then but not far enough. The National Fire Protection Association this week celebrates “Fire Prevention Week,” founded in 1922 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” Read more about it here.