Fire Prevention Month

Fire Prevention Month

Each year we recognize Fire Prevention Week the first full week of October. Our firefighters recognize the entire month by providing a visit to all Russellville School District elementary schools to visit with the kids and provide important safety messages to students. Using fun and educational interaction, the firefighters show students the importance of a variety of safety messages such as: preventing fires, planning fire escape routes in their homes, testing smoke detectors, knowing how and when to dial 911 and more. 

During Fire Prevention Month, firefighters make the extra effort to visit local daycare's and childcare centers to introduce the children to the firefighter, apparatus and equipment.

By promoting safety education, the children of Russellville are provided with the tools and training they need to make sure they and their families are not included in that statistic.

Appliances: Do not operate the clothes dryer without a lint filter. Clean lint filters before or after each use and remove accumulated lint from around the drum. Turn off the dryer before leaving your home.

Candles: Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Avoid using candles in bedrooms or sleeping areas. Extinguish candles when you leave a room, being careful not to splatter wax when doing so. As a safer alternative, consider using battery-operated flameless candles.

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

Electrical: Replace cracked and damaged electrical cords; use extension cords for temporary wiring only. Consider having additional circuits or receptacles added by a qualified electrician.

Heating: Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away from any type of heating equipment, such as a space heater or fireplace.

Smoke Alarm Information Sheet: Test smoke alarms monthly and replace the batteries at least once a year. One way to remember to do this is change your clock - change your battery. Schedule this task for the start or end of Daylight Saving Time

NFPA offers Fire Prevention Week resources online such as lesson plans, activity sheets, videos and other important safety related information.