Last week was Fire Prevention Week but it is never too late to talk about the importance of fire safety.
It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames? That’s why having two ways out is such a key part of your plan. This year’s theme,“Have 2 Ways Out!”, focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, a conflagration that 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 October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.
Today we remember Fire Prevention Week as a way to bring attention to about fire safety. Check out the National Fire Prevention Association for lots more information.
Our Fire Department has an open house at this time every year. We were sponsored by ABB on Brown Road on Saturday, Oct. 13th. The weather didn’t cooperate–it rained all day but fun was still had by all.
At this time of year we also celebrate the members of our department and their service to our community. This year the Department celebrated 70 years of service to the community at an awards dinner on Friday, October 5th. All department members were issued “challenge coins” to commemorate the occasion. Our full time and paid on call fire fighters are important to our fire safety success and we honor and respect their service.