What fire departments are doing during Fire Prevention Week

PAINTED POST, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - It's Fire Prevention Week and fire departments are traveling to nearby schools to teach kids about fire safety. 

The week is a national campaign that runs until Saturday. Many fire departments in the area held an open house over the weekend to kick it off. 

The Forest View Gang Mills Fire Department was one of them and is traveling to local schools to get the word out on fire safety. One location on its list is Erwin Child and Family Center which it visited on Tuesday.

Young children got a firsthand look at fire trucks seeing how they operate in real life. Although too young to really grasp the idea of fire safety and truly understand it, exposing them to firefighters in full equipment still helps. 

"We're letting them look at the firemen in their gear, [and teaching them] not to be afraid of somebody with an airpack on," Fire Chief Pete Bierwiler said. "God forbid that we have to go into their house to rescue them, we don't want them to run away from our firemen."

Tuesday's event allowed the little ones to understand there's a real person underneath that mask. They even had the chance to try on some gear themselves.

The daycare holds fire drills every month and the Fire Prevention Week campaign suggests to hold fire drills in your home too and establish escape exits. 

The center believes the day was effective and will leave a lasting impact. 

"They'll be talking about it all day long," Lead Teacher Laura Stevenson said. "This morning we did a little fire activity during circle time, so that got them excited, but they'll definitely go home and talk about it with their parents."

This week is also a good time to make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are properly working on all floors of your home. 


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