'Every Second Counts:' it's Fire Prevention Week

Fargo Fire Chief Steve Dirksen

Fargo Fire Chief Steve Dirksen

The Jacksonville Fire Department inducted a group of children as fire cadets Saturday after they each finished the firefighter challenge during the department's open house. Governor Rauner proclaimed October 8 through October 14 as Fire Prevention Week in IL to encourage residents to learn and prepare for emergency situations.

Caskanette said a home plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all seeping areas.

"Fire and smoke move faster than you", said Fire Chief Peter Johnson. The Wichita Fire Department is reminding residents to prepare and practice an escape plan as part of Fire Prevention Week.

Following the parade, Ellsworth families attended an open house with multiple demonstrations set up to educate them on fire prevention and awareness. According to the NFPA, "The fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres". "Never go back into the home, or workplace even if it looks safe". "That's why we're making a concerted effort to educate MA residents about the importance of planning and practicing a home escape plan that everyone knows".

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For more information on Fire Prevention Week, visit www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week-2.

Edmonds said that the main objective of Fire Prevention Week is to make sure local communities come out knowing more about fire safety and preparedness than they did at the week's start.

At least one week a year, the fire departments in Mifflin and Juniata counties go around to schools, churches and businesses to talk about fire prevention.

People also were able to see the difference a fire sprinkler system makes through the department's burn demonstration. If we can't reach you, we can't alert you. Practice using different ways out and show children how to escape on their own, in case adults can't help them.

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Green Village will host a Fire Prevention Week open house at its firehouse, 529 Green Village Road, Green Village, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.

"Pre-planning is critical and it's what everyone will draw upon to jump into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire", said Sehlmeyer.

If not, the EFD will replace the batteries in the smoke detector (s) or provide a free smoke detector for the household.

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