October 9 is Fire Prevention Day. This worldwide observance commemorates The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed hundreds of people and destroyed roughly three square miles of the city. Whether Mr. and Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicking over a lantern was in fact the cause of the blaze is less important than recognizing that fires can start anywhere from a variety of causes, and that we all need to do our part to ensure catastrophic fires are averted.

With the possible exception of the drought-stricken West Coast, perhaps nowhere is this more evident than here in Colorado, where large, damaging fires have occurred with seemingly increasing regularity. We’ve heard it said on more than one occasion that Colorado no longer has a “fire season,” a premise made tragically obvious last December with the devastating Marshall Fire in Boulder County.

Our hats are off to all the firefighters serving in Northern Colorado who help keep our community safe. ProCode is proud to do our part by inspecting building and construction projects and ensuring compliance with all applicable codes. Safety is paramount and we take our responsibility very seriously when it comes to fire prevention.

When it comes to fire prevention, remain vigilant, NoCo. We’re all in this together!