THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
FIRE SAFETYPeshtigo Fire Chief Steve Anderson, in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, explains different pieces of equipment firefighters wear to students at St. Thomas Aquinas Academy in Peshtigo. Pictured from left are Aidan Nguyen, Halli Bardowski, Fire Chief Steve Anderson, Katie Knox, Allison Peters and Calvin Peters
Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6-12
Fire Prevention Week kicked off in the area the week of Oct. 6-12. This years theme is Prevent Kitchen Fires.
In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, and $6.9 billion in direct damage. Area students were given suggested safety tips that included:
*Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of the home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in the home.
*Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
*Have an outside meeting place, like a tree, light pole or mailbox, a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.
*Practice a home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in the home, twice a year.
*Practice using different ways out.
*Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cant help them.
*Close doors behind you as you leave.
If the alarm sounds:
*Get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people or pets.
*If you have to escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.
*Call the fire department from outside your home.
Area fire departments conducted training sessions for school children. In the Peshtigo School District, Fire Chief Steve Anderson of the Peshtigo Fire Department had over 850 children that he was in contact with about fire safety. Peshtigo School District, St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School, local Day Care Centers and Headstart were provided instruction for fire safety.