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Springfield Celebrates Fire Prevention Week
In 2010, one home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds, resulting in more than 2,600 deaths nationwide. And now our local officials are trying to put a stop to it.
"We just want to bring community awareness to the fact that fire prevention is big," Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin said. "We ask all people to have a family escape plan. We ask all people to have working smoke detectors."
And that's something being stressed to all Springfield school students.
"We're going to all the schools and we're practicing fire drills with all of them," Captain James Price, Public Safety Officer with the Springfield Fire Department, said. "And we're also trying to help them be aware in regard to fire prevention month and the theme for this month is 'two ways out.'"
And it appears the students at Our Savior Lutheran School are listening. "Because if there's one way that--where the smoke or like the fire and the smoke is, at least you can get out the other door," first grader Jace Easley said.
Price said their motto is "plan, practice and prevent."
"Make sure that you have a plan, you know two ways out," Prince said. "Make sure you practice the plan because if you don't practice it you're probably not going to be able to do it and then do everything you can to prevent fires."
Fustin said this time of year is especially dangerous.
"Space heaters, furnaces issues, chimney issues from chimneys the have been uncleaned over the years, unattended cooking has been a cause of accidental fires," he said.
But the most important thing you can do to protect you and your family is to make sure your smoke detector is working properly.
"62 percent of all fire deaths happen in homes that have either not working or no fire protection when it comes to smoke detectors," Price said.
Fire officials ask that you change the batteries in the smoke detectors when you change your clocks, at the beginning and end of Daylight Saving Time. And that is coming up. "Fall back," or the end of Daylight Saving Time, is November 4.
But you don't have to wait until then. Just push the button on your smoke detector to make sure it's working and hold your own in-home fire drill.