Fire departments throughout the area are participating in several activities Oct. 6-13 as part of Fire Prevention Week, which is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association as a means to educate and offer tools for fire prevention.
Noah’s Christian Nursery School in Fulton had a visit from Fulton firefighters, who taught them about the importance of fire drills at school and at home. Children at Noah’s have been practicing fire drills for the past month.
Families should discuss two ways out of every room and where the family meeting place is. It is not only important to have an escape plan, but equally important to practice it.
The firefighters talked with the children about what to do if their clothes caught on fire and the children practiced the “stop, drop, and roll” technique.
Almost two-thirds (62 percent) of reported home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
For minimal protection detectors should be outside each sleeping area, and on every level in a home including the basement. On floors without bedrooms, smoke detectors should be installed in or near the living room areas, such as dens, living rooms, and family rooms.
Smoke detector batteries should be changed every year. The fire department recommends changing your smoke detector batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings time.