GRAFTON— In recognition of Fire Prevention Week the Grafton Fire Department (GFD) makes sure to do their part to raise fire safety awareness within the community.
Typically, the GFD will set up their Fire Safety House at local elementary schools giving students a tour and teaching them potentially lifesaving measures in the event of a fire in their home or school.
However, due to COVID-19 the department was unable to visit those schools, but still found an opportunity to teach some of the area’s younger population the importance of fire safety.
On Tuesday, GFD members Jarrett Cunningham and Devin Mayle made their way to Little Feet Daycare and Preschool with engine 104 for a special visit.
During their visit, Cunningham and Mayle explored the truck with the kids, showing them each compartment it possesses and all of the tools inside, all while following COVID-19 safety protocols.
The firemen also spoke about some of the aspects of their job, and discussed the importance of fire safety and knowing what to do in a fire emergency situation, including stop drop and roll, staying low to the ground and getting out of the house as quickly as possible.
They also talked with the kids about how they can ask for help when put in an emergency situation.
“It is never too early to start talking to your kids about fire safety and prevention, and educating them on what to do in the event of a fire. Knowledge can make a huge difference in emergency situations,” Cunningham voiced.
Before departing for the day, fireman Mayle dressed in his full gear, to show the class what a fireman will look and sound like when arriving to fight a fire.
“It is important that kids know what we look like when in full gear, so if we would ever have to come into their house for a fire they aren’t afraid of us and know that we are only there to help,” explained Mayle.
Since 1922, the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week.
In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country.
During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.
Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused destructive damage.
This devastating inferno killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.