School visits, fire drills, station tours focus on fire safety education
Frankfort, Ind. – Focusing on providing fire prevention education, firefighters will visit all Frankfort schools next week during Fire Prevention Week, with the goal of reaching approximately 3,500 students with school visits, fire drills, fire prevention presentations and station tours.
According to Fire Chief John Kirby, to kick off the coming week, firefighters will host Noah’s Ark preschoolers at fire headquarters this Friday.
“Next week we are taking our smoke house to Clinton Central on Monday, will visit Green Meadows on Tuesday, Frankfort Covenant Academy on Wednesday, Suncrest Elementary on Thursday and Frankfort Middle School, high school and Blue Ridge Elementary to wrap up the week on Friday.
“This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme of Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years fits well with the Smoke Detector Blitzes we did in neighborhoods throughout the City earlier this year where working in partnership with the Clinton County Red Cross Chapter, we installed more than 2,200 alarms in residents’ homes. We cannot stress enough how important it is to have working smoke alarms in every home.
“Fire Prevention Week is designed to share information and practical activities for our students and school staffs, including valuable opportunities for our very young students to meet and become comfortable with our firefighters in full gear so they learn not to be afraid of us, but that we are here to help them in case of a fire.
“Because it’s never too early to educate our youth on smart, safe escape measures in the event of a fire, our outreach efforts range from little ones in pre-school to high school students,” Kirby said. “Youngsters are eager to learn and often are the ones who help family members create escape plans and designate pre-arranged outdoor meeting locations as part of a proactive approach to keep everyone safe.”
Frankfort firefighters believe children are not the only ones who should focus on fire prevention, with the Department staff encouraging all Frankfort residents to use Fire Prevention Week as an opportunity to check the batteries in smoke detectors and to replace detectors if they are older than 10 years.
“Through our Safer Seniors Program we offer free fire safety inspections and smoke detector checks for Frankfort’s senior citizens and those physically challenged in our community. All anyone has to do to take advantage of the program is simply call us at 654-4329 for a free appointment.
“During our fire safety inspection, we will make suggestions – where appropriate — for any safety enhancements such as not having too many plugs in one outlet. There are never any fines issued. It’s a 30-minute, no-cost service designed to help keep our most cherished and vulnerable residents safer,” Kirby said.
National Fire Prevention Week was established on the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 by the International Fire Marshals Association who determined the week-long commemoration should occur annually in the week that includes October 9, the date the fire did the most damage. More than 250 people were killed with 100,000 left homeless while more than 17,400 structures were destroyed and more than 2,000 acres burned in that tragedy.