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Students learn fire safety

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Viola Head Start children asked Viola Volunteer Firefighters about equipment on the firetruck shown to the children during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11. The theme for the week is "Prevent Home Fires." Photo by Emily McIntosh
The week of Oct. 5-11 is Fire Prevention Week with the theme being "Prevent Home Fires." Area fire stations are doing what they can during this week to educate children about fire safety.

Oct. 6, the Viola Fire Department held an awareness day for the Viola Head Start children with a firetruck. The rest of the week the fire department will have a smokehouse at the school to simulate to children what it would be like in a house that is on fire.

The NFPA is also doing their part this week in educating children about home fires. On their Web site, www.dandoofus.org, children can view two-minute animated videos to teach them the do's and don'ts of fire safety. They star a little blue guy who has a disposition for practicing unsafe fire safety practices. The cartoons feature topics from a home fire safety checklist to fire escape planning and electrical safety.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), "Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record." Past presidents of the United States have signed proclamations of observance of this week since 1925. NFPA has been involved in educating the public about fire safety since 1896.

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