Fire Prevention Week - 10/2004
Sunday October 3rd through Saturday October 9th
A large majority of fire deaths in the United States occur in the home. This year's theme, "It's Fire Prevention Week: Test Your Smoke Alarms" reflects the importance of installing and maintaining working smoke alarms on every floor of the home. As vital early warning systems, smoke alarms reduce the chances of a fire becoming fatal by approximately 50 percent. Americans can also take steps to reduce the chance of a fire ever starting. These include using electrical devices safely, avoiding overloading circuits, and carefully operating stoves, fireplaces, and space heaters. We should also supervise our children and educate them about the dangers of lighters and matches, exercise care in the storing of firewood and other flammable materials, and obey local burning laws.
This year we went to five different schools and day care centers. At the schools we talked to the Kindergarteners from the AM and PM sessions. We talked to over 350 children. To each of the groups we gave a talk about having a fire safety plan about getting out of a house. We talked about having WORKING Smoke Detectors and testing the detectors several times a year and replacing the batteries at least once a year. We had one of the Fire Volunteers, or an adult from the group, put on a fire fighters full fire fighting gear. Once full suited up a fire fighter looks and sounds scary to young children. We wanted them to see that it was a "regular" person inside all that gear. We then allowed the children sit inside the truck, blow the horn or siren. We charged one of the small fire hoses and allowed the children to turn the nozzle on and off. The children had fun, and, with reinforcement from the teachers, will learn something. We still have a community information handout programs and will be talking with scout, etc. groups during the school year.
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One of the Day Care Centers
East Coventry Kindergarten Class
A "Good Sport" parent suiting up.
"Good Sport" parent all suited up, ready to fight fires!!
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