FIRST IN PRINT: Fire Prevention Week held

Allison B. Hudson

aLast week was Fire Prevention Week, and the Donaldsonville Fire Department visited local schools to educate children on fire safety tips.

Fire Chief Chuck Montero talked with kids at Donaldsonville Primary and told them how to stop, drop, and roll in the case of a fire. He also provided examples of what items in the home are not toys such as lighters and playing by a hot stove.

“It is very important for kids to understand the damage a fire can do,” said Chief Montero. “We educate them to have a plan with their parents in the case of a fire,” he added.

In addition to Chief Montero’s talk, children were educated on the equipment that firefighters have to wear and how important it is to stay safe when fighting a fire.

The children watched a cartoon on fire safety and were then allowed outside to see all the gadgets on the big red fire truck and even got to shoot water as a demonstration of what firefighters do.

Fire safety is very important and everyone should take note of the following tips from the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office:

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office offers the following tips:        

• Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove

• Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment

• Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heater

• Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords

 • If you smoke, smoke outside

• Use deep, wide ashtrays on a sturdy table

• Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed

• Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home (including the basement).

• Interconnect all smoke alarms in the home

• Test smoke alarms at least monthly and replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond when tested.

• Make sure everyone in your home knows how to respond if the smoke alarm sounds.

• Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible ways out

• If you are building or remodeling your home, consider installing home fire sprinklers.

TO FIND OUT MORE: Visit lasfm.org or the NFPA Web site at www. firepreventionweek.org