WILLISTON, N.D. - It’s Fire Prevention Week, and the Williston Fire Department had open houses at a few of their fire stations Wednesday.
Children have been stopping by the fire stations, and firefighters are going to schools. It’s all about fire safety and reducing the risk of injury or death in dangerous situations.
“We talk about escape drills, planning two exits out of the house, and safe meeting place. In correlation with that, we want to make sure everyone has working smoke detectors, and that they are checking their smoke detectors,” said Mike Fronimos, Williston Fire Department Batallion Chief and PIO.
These events not only prepare children, but also adults. The National Fire Prevention Association says most fire fatalities happen in properties with no smoke alarms or ones that don’t have working alarms. Those numbers have been steadily increasing, so Fronimos says it's important to check your smoke alarms as well as carbon monoxide detectors.
“Now that we see the colder weather upon us, especially with snow coming today, people are going to be using alternative sources for heating; whether it’s kerosene heaters, wood burning stove, or fire places. We can’t stress enough to have carbon monoxide detectors, because all of those things give off carbon monoxide,” added Fronimos.
Fire Prevention Week is always held around October 8 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed hundreds of people and left more than 100,000 homeless. It changed the way firefighters think about public safety, and the importance of reminding ourselves how to respond to fire emergencies because it really can save lives.