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National Fire Prevention week brings safety to forefront
"Two Ways Out" is the theme of the National Fire Prevention Week going on this week. Linda Waldron from the Hastings Fire Department spoke with News 5 about National Fire Prevention Week.
Linda: Yes, we're glad to have this celebration once a year to just give people reminders of things they can do to keep their families safe should there be a fire in their home.
Amy: Explain a little more this "Two Ways Out" theme.
Linda: That is a theme set up by the National Fire Protection Association and they're talking about that you have two ways out of your home. One, like in a bedroom, would be a door. Your second way out would be a window.
Amy: Is this entire week dedicated mostly to teaching children or are these things that adults can learn as well?
Linda: This is actually for the whole family because the main focus is to have an escape plan. So you need to sit down with your children and go through the escape plan and actually practice it. Run a drill and have a meeting place and everything for them to be safe in case there is a fire.
Amy: You have a few activities going on this week. Can you tell us about those?
Linda: We have activities all year round, but this week is especially fun. We had a tour of the station this morning with preschoolers. This afternoon Squirt the Clown is coming out of retirement and we'll be doing some show and tells. We also have the junior fire patrol which is put on by the fire department reserves and that's for the fifth graders in the area. This is the second of four Monday night activities and it will be at Lincoln Park tonight at 7:00.
Amy: How does one become part of the junior fire patrol?
Linda: You just have to do an application. The reserves went around to the schools and sent them out, but if you did not send in one you can still come and join us. It's free and it's for the parents if they want to come as well.
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