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Fire prevention week teaches children about fire safety

Oct. 26, 2015

During fire prevention week earlier this month, firefighters from the Monticello Fire Department came to Kenneth L Rutherford to educate students about fire safety. The students learned how to stop, drop and roll, and how to get the attention of a firefighter in an emergency situation. They also learned how important it is for families to prepare for a fire emergency by having a meeting place and by changing the batteries in smoke detectors twice per year.

After learning about fire safety, students then visited the Monticello Fire Department and got to see the trucks up close. Firefighter Mike Bastone taught about the wide variety of tools on the firetruck and treated the students to a demonstration of water spraying from a 100-foot ladder truck.

Fire Prevention Week was established in 1927 to correspond with the dates of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, which killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on Oct.8, but continued into and did most of its damage on Oct. 9, 1871.

Over the years, Fire Prevention Week activities nationwide have focused on informing people how to best prevent fires. One of the best ways is to have on-going conversations with families about the importance of fire safety. The National Fire Protection Association – the organization behind Fire Prevention Week – offers a wealth of resources to help get the conversation started. Click here for more information.