Flint 1st graders learn importance of fire safety

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The mission behind the event is to educate children and families about fire safety. Smoke and fire spread fast and there's no time to figure out how to escape after a fire starts.

"Developing and practicing a home escape plan is like building muscle memory", said KFD Fire Chief Robert Westerman.

The second is scheduled for October 14 at the Mason Square Fire Station, 33 Eastern Ave.

"Home escape planning is one of the most basic but fundamental elements of home fire safety, and can truly make the difference between life and death in a fire situation", said Lorraine Carli, NFPA's vice president of Outreach and Advocacy.

The local observances are in conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association annual fire safety campaign, with the 2017 theme of: "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out".

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The fire service offers free safe and well visits to people's homes.

Karen Hendershot, director of public education for the department, said everyone in the community is invited to participate in the upcoming events. A lot of those are classroom-type tours. They will also meet with Risen Son's preschool at 10:15, then go to the Senior Center during their lunch hour to answer questions and bring fire safety tips on convenient magnets for the refrigerator. They want us to come out and witness the fire drill, we certainly will do that.

"Test yours every month to make sure they are in good working order and approximately every six months clean them out so they are in the best working order possible".

In observance of Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 8-14, the Alton Fire Department will host an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. "So awareness of what's going on around you and just paying attention to those details - that would help to prevent even a small fire", he said.

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