Observe Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14

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The Westby-Christiana Fire Department is working in coordination with NFPA, the official sponsor of the Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, to reinforce those potentially life-saving messages.

This year's Fire Prevention Week theme is "Every Second Counts".

While visiting the schools, the Tahlequah Fire Department also instructed children on fire prevention and safety techniques such as how to stop, drop and roll, and stay low while exiting the house.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds.

They also plan a "burn room" demonstration at 1:45 p.m. These free smoke alarms, and the effort to educate about the importance of having a smoke alarm in your home, are an easy and effective tool to prevent loss of life and property. Teach them that "stop, drop, and roll" should only be used if their clothing catches fire.

The event is part of National Fire Prevention Week, which started October 8 with a similar event at the Alton Fire Department. As the Marshall Fire Department went up and down the street in the community, residents were asked to turn on their outdoor light to signify that they have practiced exit drills.

"We will have our apparatus on display, we'll have games for the kids, we'll have Sparky the Fire Dog", he said.

One of the day's highlights is a fire prevention puppet show, he said, while another is a presentation where visitors can watch how firefighters extricate someone from an automobile. A burning building should never be re-entered.

As we head into the winter months there are some things you can do to help protect your home from fires.

"No matter where you're at in that home, whether you're a child, an elderly person or anybody else in the home, they should know if that doors blocked, I can go out this door or that window". Reliable, properly placed smoke detectors are vital to keeping your family safe. "At first, we sought cities that had experienced a number of fire fatalities, but we've have since tried to reach out to fire departments in every corner of the state".

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