THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Firefighter Nicole Kempka, is pictured holding a student as she prepares to crawl to safety in the event of a real fire while Chief Anderson explains the importance of not being afraid of a firefighter in full turnout gear.
Look, Listen, Learn, Fire Prevention Week Theme
Issue Date: October 11, 2018
Fire Prevention Week 2018, runs October 7-13. The theme for this year is Look, Listen, Learn. Be Aware-Fire Can Happen Anywhere. Fire departments all over the area have been busy teaching youngsters about fire safety. The theme identifies three simple but basic people can reduce their risk of fire and to be prepared in the event of one.
Look for places fire can start, Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm and Learn two ways out of each room. Every year, the majority of fire deaths happen at home. Today's fires burn faster than ever due to the construction materials used. In a typical home in a fire, you may only have a minute or two to escape safely. So it is advised to plan ahead.
City of Peshtigo Fire Chief, Steve Anderson visited many of the grades in the Peshtigo School District, and St. Thomas Academy this week to advise youngsters to be extra careful with fire. He told students to practice home fire drills twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with the whole family at home. Always practice getting out of the home in two different ways. He also went on to tell how to escape a fire on their own in case no one else is around and to make sure your home is clearly and easy for the fire department to locate.
Make sure doors are closed behind you as you leave, because this can slow the spread of any fire. Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building to get a pet or belongings. Chief Anderson also stressed the importance of smoke alarms located on all levels of the home, including the kitchen, basement and sleeping areas. He told all the students when they get home have their parents test the smoke detectors. Always be prepared.