OC Fire Dept. participates in national fire prevention week

Do you and your family have a plan for escaping a fire in your home

"We will have a lot of fire prevention and safety materials for the public to take home with them".

The firetruck sirens were part of Operation E.D.I.T.H. We give them a magnetic whiteboard sheet to draw the layout of their home with their designated escape routes. It runs annually the week of October 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which killed more than 250 people and left more than 100,000 people homeless back in 1871. If you are using a space heater, don't leave any loose fabrics near it because they can be caught on fire. Along with a hamburger and hot dog feed ($4 per person), there will be opportunities to view the North Memorial helicopter, Marshall Police vehicle, chemical assessment team and Pluggie the robot. In total, the organization has nine decades of fire prevention under its belt. Attendees can also check out the smoke trailer.

"Most kids these days know what a cell phone is so they can understand what 911 is, knowing how to get out of your house", said Assistant Fire Chief, Jason Evans.

If you missed today's giveaway, contact your local fire department.

The challenge will continue Wednesday at the on State Highway 6 South from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. He also recommends having a portable ladder in multi-storey homes in case residents need to use a window to evacuate, as well as a fire extinguisher, particularly in the kitchen.

On Thursday and Friday, preschool classes will tour the Minneota Fire Hall. Complimentary hot dogs and chips will be provided to attendees. More than 300 detectors were handed out to anyone in need.

Leduc Fire Services are encouraging everyone to have two ways out of their home.

According to the American Red Cross, if a fire starts in your home, you may have as little as two minutes to escape.

Fire Fighters will be visiting schools throughout town giving demonstrations on how to stay fire safe.

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo says "Fire Prevention Week is a wonderful time for the young, old, and everyone in between to learn important tips and bring awareness to the importance of fire safety".

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