NYA Fire Department observes Fire Prevention Week

NYA firefighter Paul Lano shows second grade students of Ms. Mittelstadt a smoke house, which the group then evacuated. Photo by Paul Downer

The NYA Fire Department visited Central Elementary School as part of Fire Prevention Week, which is Oct. 7-13 this year.

The theme for this year’s week is “Have 2 ways out.” Firefighters urged students to take the time to plan two escape routes in case of a fire in their homes, and shared a number of tips regarding fires.

Each year, 2,500 to 3,000 people die from fires in the U.S. Of that number, 62 percent of homes where deaths occurred had no working smoke dector. Daylight savings time is a good time to change the batteries in your detectors and CO alarms.

The No. 1 cause of home fires is cooking, and 90 percent of all burns are associated with cooking. Always be careful around the stove.

The second leading cause of fire is heating equipment such as fireplaces and portable heaters. The third is smoking-related accidents, the fourth is electrical — too many items plugged into an outlet can be dangerous, and extension cords run under carpeting can short out.

The fifth leading cause of fires is candles. A total of 35 candle fires are reported each day.

Firefighters visited classrooms and shared information, showed off firefighting gear, and took students through a smoke house to demonstrate proper evacuation procedures.