Viola Fire Department reminds students of fire safety

Friday, October 23, 2015
Fulton County Judge and Training Officer for the Viola Fire Department Darrell Zimmer with students from the Viola School district at the fire safety house during Fire Safety week Oct. 4 through Oct. 10.

Viola Fire Department reminds students at Viola Public Schools to "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm." Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Viola Fire Department joined forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4 through Oct. 10.

Viola Fire Department had their fire safety house at the Viola School on Oct. 5 to remind students about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. "In a fire, seconds count," Judge Darrell Zimmer, Volunteer Fireman and Training Officer for the Viola Fire Department said. "Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out," he said.

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Chief Boyd Dailey informed students of this year's Fire Prevention Week smoke alarm messages:

*Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

*Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.

*Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.

*Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don't respond properly.

*Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

*If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.

*Call the fire department from outside the home.

The Viola Fire Department hosted activities during Fire Prevention Week to promote "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!" "This year we had Head Start through 3rd grade go through our safety house and we handed out supplies to each child, which included: their own personal smoke alarm for their bedrooms, fire hats and fire safety cups. For children in the 4th through 6th grade we handed out fire safety water bottles for them to have as well," Chief Dailey said.

Through these educational, family-oriented activities, students learned more about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom. "We would like to also add a special "Thank You" to the Viola Public Schools who has helped us each year by letting us bring our fire safety house to the school during fire prevention month to teach the children fire safety," Zimmer said.

Thank you to the Viola Volunteer Firefighters who helped with this year's fire safety house:

Connie Hutson, Floyd Johnson, Darrell Zimmer, Lena Zimmer, Amy Rucker and Chief Boyd Dailey.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Viola, please contact the Viola Fire Department. To learn more about smoke alarms and "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!" visit NFPA's Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org and www.sparky.org/fpw.

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