THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
City of Peshtigo Fire Chief Steve Anderson had a busy Fire Prevention Week as he instructed over 750 students the importance of fire safety. Kindergarten students from the Peshtigo School District visited the fire station on Monday. Chief Anderson showed them equipment firefighters use at a fire and to not be afraid of a firefighter in full turnout gear. Firefighter Nicole Kempka, assisted Anderson at the station. Top Photo: Chief Anderson talks to a kindergarten class on the importance of fire safety. Bottom Photo: Students listen attentively as Chief Anderson shows them equipment that is on one of the departments engines.
Fire Prevention Week Celebrated Oct. 6-12
Issue Date: October 10, 2019
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!" as the theme for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12. This year's campaign recognizes the everyday people who motivate their households to develop and practice a home fire escape plan; these seemingly basic behaviors can have life-saving impact.
"This year's campaign works to celebrate people of all ages who learn about home fire escape planning and practice, bring that information home, and spur their families to action," said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA. "From young students who learn about the campaign at school to parents who attend a community event like a fire station open house - all of them truly are heroes because they're taking steps to make their households much, much safer from fire."
"Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!" also focuses on what a home escape plan entails and the value of practicing it. These messages are more important than ever, particularly because today's homes burn faster than ever. Carli notes that synthetic fibers used in modern home furnishings, along with the fact that newer homes tend to be built with more open spaces and unprotected lightweight construction, are contributing factors to the increased burn rate.
"People tend to underestimate their risk to fire, particularly at home. That over-confidence lends itself to a complacency toward home escape planning and practice," said Carli. "But in a fire situation, we've seen time and again that advance planning can make a potentially life-saving difference."
A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox) that's a safe distance from the home. Home escape plans should be practiced twice a year by all members of the household.
For more information about Fire Prevention Week and "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!," along with a wealth of resources to help promote the campaign locally, visit fpw.org.
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 the over 750 students to practice home fire drills twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with the whole family at home.
The goal of Fire Prevention Month and Week is to raise awareness about fire safety and help ensure your home and family is prepared in the event of an emergency.