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How one fire department makes Fire Prevention Week memorable

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By Lisa Braxton

If you live in St. Louis, Missouri, it’s nearly impossible to not be aware of Fire Prevention Week.

Fire Prevention Week is a month-long event there. Throughout October, firefighters spend time at the day care centers, preschools, grade schools, assisted-living centers, and local businesses spreading the word about fire safety.

The observance concludes with a weekend smoke alarm blitz. Firefighters canvass neighborhoods door-to-door to install smoke alarms, conduct home fire safety surveys, and assist residents with their home fire escape plan.

Battalion Chief Derrick Phillips says central to making all of this happen is a combination of FPW items the department purchases through the NFPA catalog and the free materials available at the Fire Prevention Week website.

“We purchase numerous FPW 500 in a box and banners,” he says. “The banners are draped from 30 firehouses and our two administrative buildings. The posters are sent to every public and parochial school in our database, and are strategically placed in all of our facilities. Specifically, the posters are placed in the windows of our overhead doors so citizens may view the information while passing a fire station.”

Phillips says his department contacts the mayor’s office to have a proclamation drafted and works with the local media on PSAs, promos, and demonstrations based on the FPW theme, all designed to make sure everyone in St. Louis knows about fire prevention.

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Source:: NFPA – Safety Information


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