Drawing attention to fire prevention

Every second counts: Fire prevention week

President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week on October 4-10, 1925. A plan, practiced regularly, ensures that everyone in the home knows how to use those precious few minutes wisely.

"They are low-cost and can get you out of the home when your escape route is blocked", he said. The goal is to educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it.

-Make sure the address numbers of your home are clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.

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The children learned about fire prevention and safety, and also received coloring books and a junior firefighter plastic hat.

Would you know what to do if there was a fire in your home? He said families also should have a two way out evacuation plan in place in case of a fire. "Fire Prevention Week is in remembrance of the great Chicago Fire". If you are not comfortable using an extinguisher, in the event of a fire, get out and call 911. Hanna and State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy will hold news conferences in each city to announce the start of campaign which is a first-come, first serve program for seniors and others wanting a free smoke alarm.

"Smoke and fire spread fast", he said, "You really have to plan before".

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, nationwide there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the U.S.in 2015, the past year for which figures are available.

"We tell folks to make sure their alarm systems are up to date and if they're having issues to contact the alarm company so they can correct it", he said.

Children will get to tour the house and learn about potential hazards in the home, and techniques like staying clear of a hot stove, and practice evacuating out of the house.

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Submitted.Russellville firefighters visited Dwight Elementary School Tuesday for Fire Prevention week. In conjunction, Rowan University and the Glassboro Fire Department have advice for students on ways to prevent and respond to a fire.

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