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CE Value: Respect — Firefighters and Fire Prevention Week

For the new CE Value blog posts, WDMCS Community Education will share news about our six values: people focus, respect, relevance, enrichment, fun, and team unity. This month, we wanted to highlight respect.

It is Fire Prevention Week, from Oct. 4-10 this year. The theme this year is,“Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.” According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half.

In case of a fire, children need to know they can trust firefighters. Some children may find firefighters and their equipment intimidating, so it is important to remind them that firefighters are community helpers. Young children may benefit from this NFPA lesson, and these videos featuring Sparky the Fire Dog.

Firefighters have visited WDMCS schools to talk about fire safety and what to do in an emergency. In other places in the country, they have spent the summer fighting wildfires. Teach your children about fire safety and and all the great things firefighters do this week!