National Fire Prevention Month is this month (October) and the firefighters of Oklahoma City are all busy educating the OKC community with practical and life-saving information to help make this month-long event a success!
The Oklahoma City firefighters are holding school fire drills, open houses at fire stations and other methods of teaching fire safety in an enjoyable, even fun atmosphere. EDITH, Exit Drills in the Home, is the theme for this year’s National Fire Prevention Month and residents are all invited to join and learn about how to prepare their home and families for evacuation in the event of a home fire.
There will be fire station tours every Sundays of October from 1 – 5 pm and visitors are encouraged to ask questions to the firefighters present. Fire Sgt. Greg Speicher said that the EDITH theme implies that people should get out of the house during fire versus trying to save things or call the fire department. Speicher stressed that you should leave your house first and always use a neighbor’s phone instead of attempting to use your own.
In schools, fire drills will also be conducted throughout the month. Children will be provided with coloring books and stickers that concerns fire safety. Firefighters will also educate the children on what to do during fire and educate them about the 9-1-1 emergency number if they encounter a fire.
Some of the information noted by the firefighters includes the checking of the heating equipment as well as changing of the batteries. Air filters must be changed and wires must be checked to help prevent home fires. And remember – change your batteries in your fire detectors!