The Beaver County Public Safety Commission would like you to remind all that this week is Fire Prevention Week.
From the National Fire and Protection Association, Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on Oct. 8, 1871, but continued into and did most of its damage on Oct. 9, 1871.
Local fire departments are sharing preventative messages to all ages.
Baden Fire Department brought fire trucks and dressed in full gear for State Street Elementary students this week. Economy Fire Department and Harmony Township Volunteer Fire Department are scheduled to do programs at Economy and Highland elementary schools next week.
Baden and Economy fire departments are scheduled this week to speak to multiple pre-schools.
"Starting early with fire prevention education and awareness saves lives," said Economy Fire Department Capt. Steven Joy. "By teaching the kids what to do if they have a fire in their house can help teach them what to do and what not to do, such as hiding when they should be getting out of the building."
Ambridge Fire Department worked with Ambridge Connection to create a video on this year's Fire Prevention Week focus: Smoke Detectors.
Did You Know:
*Working smoke alarms can DOUBLE your chance of survival in a fire. *Smoke alarms should be installed on every floor of your home.
* Replace batteries twice a year and keep alarms free of dust.
*Every day at least one child dies in a home fire.
*There is a house fire every 10 seconds in the U.S.
*Make sure your family has a fire escape plan for your home
*77% of families have NOT developed and practiced a home fire escape plan
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