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Fire prevention safety community meeting June 19

Public invited to learn about home safety tips, fireworks regulations, open burning laws

Frankfort, IN — Focused on sharing information and answering community members’ questions about all types of fire-related issues, Fire Chief John Kirby and Frankfort firefighters will host a fire prevention safety community meeting on Wednesday, June 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 2056 East Wabash Street.

According to Chief Kirby, this community meeting is an opportunity for residents to meet firefighters and learn tips on safeguarding against home fires as well as gain knowledge about seasonal issues such as fireworks regulations and open burning laws.

“As a public safety team, one of our main goals is to share helpful – and often life saving information – with those we serve. With summer upon us, the Fourth of July just around the corner and given last season’s high heat and lack of rain, it’s appropriate to help educate residents about what is and is not allowed regarding fireworks and open burning, in addition to teaching them how to make their homes safer from fires.

“Our Safer Seniors Program is a valuable service for our senior citizens and physically challenged residents where, at these residents’ invitation, we perform a free home evaluation and offer tips on how to avoid fire hazards. This service is free for these residents. No fines are issued and no one is in trouble if we discover a risky situation. We simply let the homeowners know about it and share our recommendation for eliminating the hazard. Specifically, we check to make sure each home has working smoke detectors, replacing batteries were needed and providing new detectors if at all possible, if none are found in the home.

“We want everyone – from youngsters to our young at heart – to be safe. The discussion we are looking forward to having with residents on June 19 is designed to do just that – maximize everyone’s safety while enhancing communication between our firefighters and community members,” Kirby said.

Residents of all ages are encouraged to attend the June 19 community meeting.

For questions or interview requests, contact Chief Kirby at 654-4329.