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2009 Fire Prevention Week


The National Fire Prevention Association announced that the theme for Fire Prevention Week 2009 will be "Stay Fire Smart - Don't Get Burned!"  Start planning your Fire Prevention Week activities now.


2009 COLORING CONTEST WINNERS
Bailey Sanderson
Bailey Sanderson
6th Grade
Our Lady of the Lakes
Bailey Treppish
Bailey Treppish

6th Grade
St. John's
Brenna Winter
Brenna Winter
3rd Grade
St. John's
     
Brianna Quincey
Brianna Quincey
3rd Grade
Random Lake
Callie Vorpahl
Callie Vorpahl
1st Grade
Our Lady of the Lakes
Dylan Weiss
Dylan Weiss
2nd Grade
Our Lady of the Lakes
     
Jacob Sagal
Jacob Sagal
3rd Grade
Our Lady of the Lakes
Jax Stange
Jax Stange
Kindergarten
Random Lake
Jordyn Kohn
Jordyn Kohn
1st Grade
Random Lake
     
Julia DeBra
Julia DeBra
2nd Grade
Random Lake
Kaylee McCarty
Kaylee McCarty
1st Grade
St. John's
Leona Meyer
Leona Meyer
4th Grade
Our Lady of the Lakes
     
Olivia Robertson
Olivia Robertson
2nd Grade
St. John's
Preston Fitzgerald
Preston Fitzgerald
4th Grade
St. John's
Taylor Miller
Taylor Miller
4th Grade
Random Lake
     
TJ Newsome
TJ Newsome
Kindergarten
St. John's
  Wyatt Miller
Wyatt Miller
5th Grade
Our Lady of the Lakes

Fire Prevention Week History

Fire Prevention Week started to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in October of 1871. The Great Chicago Fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres.  United States President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Prevention week in 1925.  President Coolidge noted that some 15,000 lives were lost in the United States alone during the previous year. 

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This waste results from the conditions which justify a sense of shame and horror; for the greater part of it could and ought to be prevented... It is highly desirable that every effort be made to reform the conditions which have made possible so vast a destruction of the national wealth".

-President Calvin Coolidge

The National Fire Protection Association continues today to make National Fire Prevention Week a priority and counts on the participation of tens of thousands of fire and safety personnel to reduce the risk of fire and its toll on society.  Fire Prevention week has historically been observed beginning on the first Sunday in October and ending the following Sunday.


For The Kids


Coloring Pages
Dalmatian
Dalmatian
Jr. Firefighter
Jr. Firefighter
Fire Helmet
Fire Helmet
Fire Truck
Fire Truck
Sparky Says "Thank You to Firefighters"
Sparky Says
"Thank You" to
Firefighters
Firefighter
Firefighter

Five Steps
to Fire Safety

For The Family
My Fire Inspection Checklist
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Home Fire Escape Plan
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My Safety Information
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Smokey The Bear
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Sparky The Fire Dog
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For The Adults
Don't Get Burned
  Keep hot foods & liquids away from tables & counter edges so they cannot be pulled or knocked over.
  Have a 3-foot kid-free zone around the stove.
  Never hold a child in your arms while preparing hot food or drinking a hot beverage.
  Teach children that hot things hurt.
  Be careful when using things that get hot such as curling irons, oven, irons, lamps, heaters.
  When using heating pads only use for 15-20 minutes & don't lie, sit or place anything on the pad.

Just Right?
  To avoid scalds, set the thermostat setting in your water heater to no higher than 120 degrees F.
  Remember young children and older adults skin burns more easily.
  Consider having anti-scald devices on tub faucets and shower heads to prevent scalds.
  Test the water before placing a child or yourself in the tub.
  Never leave young children alone in the tub, shower or near a sink.
  Be careful about scalding water.
  Before putting your child in the tub, test the temperature with your wrist or back of your hand.

Cool a Burn
  Treat a burn right away. Put it in cool water for three to five minutes. Cover with a clean, dry cloth.
  If the burn is bigger than your fist or if you have any questions, get medical help right away.
  Remove all clothing, diapers, jewelry and metal from the burned areas.

Cooking with Caution
  The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
  Pay attention to what you are cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling.
  When simmering, boiling, baking, or roasting, check food often, stay inside, & use a timer.
  If you must leave the room even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  If you have young children, use the stoves back burners whenever possible.
  Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the stove.
  When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting or short sleeves.
  Allow food cooked in a microwave oven to cool for a few minutes before you take it out.
  Open microwaved food slowly. Hot steam from the container can cause burns.

The Heat is On
  Have a 3 foot kid-free zone around open fires and heaters.
  Use a fireplace screen to keep sparks inside the fireplace.
  Turn portable space heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  Keep things that can burn, such as paper, bedding, or furniture, at least 3 feet from heaters.
  Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected each year by a professional.
  Make sure your portable space heater has an auto shut-off so if it is tipped over, it will shut off.
  Have your chimneys cleaned and inspected before each heating season.

Take it Outside
  Ask smokers to smoke outside.
  Give smokers deep, sturdy ashtrays.
  Never smoke if you are tired, have taken medicine, drugs, or alcohol that makes you sleepy.
  Keep smoking materials away from things that can burn, like bedding, furniture, and clothing.

Stay Grounded
  Keep lamps, light fixtures, and light bulbs away from anything that can burn, such as lamp shades, bedding, curtains, and clothing.
  Replace cracked and damaged electrical cords.
  Use extension cords for temporary wiring only. Consider having additional circuits or receptacles added by a qualified electrician.
  If you have young children in your home have tamper-resistant electrical receptacles.
  Call a qualified electrician or landlord if you have recurring problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers, discolored or warm wall outlets, flickering lights or a burning or rubbery small coming form an appliance.

Neighborhood Watch
  With the economic downturn, it is important to keep a watchful eye on your neighborhood. Encourage your community to implement an anti-arson program.
  Keep trash from collecting on your property.
  Remove abandoned vehicles from your property.
  Remove dead branches that could be used as a fuel source.

Fire-Safety Basics
  Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  For best protection use both photoelectric and ionization technology. You can use individual ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or combination units that contain both technologies in the same unit.
  Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
  Make sure everyone can hear the sound of the smoke alarms.
  Have a home fire escape plan. Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible, and a meeting place outside. Practice your escape plan twice a year.
  When the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out.
  If you are building or remodeling your home, consider a home fire sprinkler system.

"Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week Web site, www.firepreventionweek.org. 2009 NFPA."