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Fire Prevention Week started Sunday

Published: Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 11:03 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 11:46 a.m. CDT
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Creston volunteer firefighters Adam Leith and Patrick Baker wait for an order to douse a fire in water approximately 5 a.m. May 2.

As outside temperatures cool down, Fire Prevention Week heats up.

Fire Prevention Week, sponsored by National Fire Protection Association, started Sunday and continues to Saturday, and the theme is “prevent kitchen fires.”

Fire Prevention Week

Gary Thompson, Creston fire captain, said he will be giving PowerPoint presentations to children during the week to teach them about fire safety.

“On Monday, I’ll start presentations in the public schools,” said Thompson. “I’m going to do five presentations.”

Monday and Tuesday there will be presentations for the first- and second-grade students, and third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students.

“The object of the week, of course, is fire prevention,” Thompson said. “We’ve had a couple tragedies here in the Creston area, and it’s obviously much easier to teach kids not to do things.”

Thursday and Friday, Thompson will give presentations to students at Mayflower and St. Malachy schools.

“That’s our goal, is to reduce fire. If they do have a fire, we make sure we teach them the lessons of what they should do so that they can escape and do it safely,” Thompson said. “We know that we’ve had success from actual fires that we’ve had, when we’ve arrived and the kids have come up to me and say, ‘I did just what you told me,’ and actually, from the stories I can tell you, they may have saved themselves and their brothers and sisters.”

Wednesday, Creston Fire Department is hosting a pancake supper 5 to 7 p.m. at the fire station.

After the supper, the firefighters will participate in a training burn of two rooms built side by side by Southwestern Community College carpentry students. One room has a residential sprinkler system, and the other does not. The burn is to teach about the safety of sprinkler systems.

History

Fire Prevention Week initially kicked off in 1951, on the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.

The fire in Chicago is so named because the fire burned 3.3 square miles of the city, and killed hundreds of people.

There was $222 million in damage to the city, including 17,500 buildings, between two and three million books and 73 miles of roads.

One of the most popular stories of how the fire started was of a cow knocking over a lamp in a barn, but many other stories have circulated as to what ignited one of the worst fires in United States history.

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