Fire Prevention Week

October 3rd through 9th is Fire Prevention Week across the Nation.  So what does this mean?  Well, it is a time when fire departments across the US do our best to remind people about being fire safe.  At Greater Brighton Fire, we target the 1st and 2nd grade students at all schools in our Fire District.  We visit the classes and present a fun skit that gives them fire safety information.

This year is no different, and starting on Monday, October 4th we'll be visiting all 1st and 2nd graders.  Our skit is fun and presents the information in a way that will make the kids laugh, but in a way that will stick with them once our 30 minutes is up.

So if you have a 1st or 2nd grader in our Fire District, be sure to ask them about the firefighter visits during the next month.  Our skit this year is about smoke alarms and the fact that they save lives so it's important to make sure yours work and that you have them in your house.

We also make sure to talk to kids about what to do if there is a fire in your home, how to feel the door, have a meeting place and what to do if you can't get out of your room after feeling the door.  We explain that if their room is in the basement or on the 1st floor of the home, you can go out the window.  However, if their room is 2nd floor or higher, we tell them to stay there, block the bottom of the door with a blanket, open the window, push out the screen and throw toys and clothes out the window to make a large pile.  This pile of "stuff" will let the firefighters know that someone is in the window directly above the pile.

Sometimes we have kids tell us that their parents said they should go on to the garage or porch room that might be below their bedroom window.  This is a really dangerous request of your child for many reasons.  First if it's icy, they could slip and fall off the roof.  Second, they might not know where the fire is, and if it's below the roof, they could step on the roof but then fall right back through it.  If a child doesn't have a safety ladder specifically made for fire escape that they keep in their room somewhere, we ask that they wait for the firefighters to arrive with their ladders.

However, smoke detectors can alert your family of a fire when it's still small enough for everyone to get out safely before it gets too big.  That's why it's so important to make sure that you have detectors and that they are always working.

We have a program at GBFPD that allows us to provide our citizens with free smoke detectors.  If you are in need of detectors, please call 303-659-4101 to schedule to have a crew bring and install as many as you need.