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Fire Prevention Week aims to educate public about fire safety

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The Helena Fire Department is gearing up for Fire Prevention Week next week.

I went to fire station one today to find out how firefighters plan to educate kids about fire safety, and what messages adults can take away as well.

During fire prevention week, firefighters will give local second grade students a tour of the station, as well as lessons in fire safety.

Deputy Fire Marshal Keith Simendinger says this is also a good time to remind people of all ages about fire prevention.  He says this is an especially important time for people to be aware of fire dangers, since fire activity increases during the winter months.

Simendinger says, "The number of fire calls increase by about 20 to 30% for wood burning stoves, chimney fires, things of that nature."

Simendinger says there are several things that can be really effective in preventing fires.  Some other tips include not storing flammable items next to your water heater, and keeping a small fire extinguisher somewhere in your kitchen.

As far as next week goes, Simendinger says he hopes the kids come away with some very important messages.

Simendinger says, "Don't play with matches, make sure your smoke detectors work, always know two ways out of the house, out of your room, have a meeting place and know how to dial 911."

According to national data, heating fires account for about half of the fires across the country between December and February.


Story by Aniseh Hamour, Beartooth NBC.
Copyright ©2012 Beartooth Communications Company. All Rights Reserved.

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