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Stop! Are You Helping Protect Your Family From Fire?

A Review On Fire Safety Tips

by Hal Jern, Oquawka Fire Chief

This year, the National Fire Prevention Week for 2011 is Sunday, October 9th to Saturday, October 15th and the theme is "PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM FIRE!"

During Fire Prevention Week the Oquawka Volunteer Fire Rescue will be at West Central Elementary School, Wednesday, October 12th, at 10:00 a.m. to talk to students about the dangers of fires and about protecting themselves and offering safety tips.

It is important for each family member to educate themselves in fire safety tips, because a fire can arise so quickly and usually unexpectedly and can end in a tragic loss of a family member.

To help, here is a good "Fire Safety Checklist for Parents and Guardians".

Fire can be very dangerous, so its important to do all you can to prevent them and to know what to do in case they occur.

Use the Fire Safety Checklist below to help you keep your home free of fire hazards. If there is any thing you cannot check off yet, correct it so that you keep your family as safe as possible from fires.

Call Chief Hal Jern for a demonstration. The service is free to all who ask.

Join us for FPW 2011 and learn to save lives in your community!

Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire, October 8-9, 1871 - the two-day blaze that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 more homeless, and destroyed more than 17,000 buildings.

The tragedy inspired reform across America, spurring new fire safety codes and public awareness campaigns.

Each October, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sponsors a fire prevention campaign to highlight the importance of fire safety education.

This year's theme focuses on how to protect your family from fire by planning ahead and integrating simple behaviors into your everyday life.

Be equipping your home with fire prevention and protection systems and paying attention to potential fire hazard in your home you can make a difference that will last a lifetime and reduce fire injuries, deaths, and property loss.