Nearly 150 years ago on this day, the Great Chicago Fire broke out and spread across the city for days.
Every year, the first full week of October is recognized as Fire Prevention Week in the U.S. to commemorate the tragedy that took 300 lives, destroyed thousands of buildings, and caused an estimated $200 million in damages.
The members of the Culver-Union Township Fire Department will host an open house this Friday, Oct. 5 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. ET at the fire station (508 E. Lakeshore Drive) as a prelude to Fire Prevention Week Oct. 7 and a fundraising event for an aerial platform truck.
Firefighters have been educating students on fire safety during Fire Prevention Week.
Hamlet Fire Department members were at the Oregon-Davis Elementary School on Wednesday morning where the students were taught basic prevention skills. The students were also given a demonstration of the extrication tool.
The firefighters challenged the students to remind parents to change the batteries in smoke detectors and to discuss a meeting place outside of the home in the case of a fire. Fire drills should be practiced and a back up plan in place in case of emergency situations.
Working smoke alarms are responsible for saving the lives of at least 70 individuals statewide this year.
Knox-Center Township Fire Chief Kenny Pfost echoes that statement released by the Indiana State Fire Marshal and encourages all residents to have smoke detectors on all levels of the home.
“Make sure you have working smoke detectors in your home and change the batteries at least once a year. We always tell people that the beginning of October is a good time to change those batteries,” said Pfost.
The Lapaz-North Township Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association during this Fire Prevention Week to bring you fire safety tips.
Lapaz-North Township Fire Chief Chris Oginsky highlights kitchen safety. He urges you to stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling or boiling food. If you are baking or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home. Set a timer to remind you of your cooking process. Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, away from your stovetop.
Fire Prevention Week is the longest-running public health and safety observance on record.
This week is National Fire Prevention Week. This week is set aside to educate children and adults on the dangers of fire and provide tips on how to prevent fires.
Knox-Center Township Fire Chief Kenny Pfost said it’s important to have the house numbers visible so firefighters can find your home.
“Reflective ones are the best type of numbers to have,” suggested Pfost. “It’s very important to have the numbers on your home because there’s a lot of times at night, they’re extremely hard to find. We know the general area where the fire may be, but if there’s a lot of houses in one area and there are no flames showing, it’s very difficult to find at times.”
“Fire Prevention Week lasts all week through the 15th,” said Knox-Center Township Fire Chief, Kenny Pfost. “We try to educate not only children, but adults as well on fire prevention tips and techniques and how to be safer.”
“October is always a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Make sure that you have at least two exit plans. If you live in a two story house, you need to have some sort of escape devise if you should have a fire so you can escape the second floor. You should have something like a collapseable ladder. You need to have a meeting place outside to where everyone can meet up when they’re outside of the house.”