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National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15

Practicing with 911

A Western Hills kindergartener practices making a 911 call with the help of West Des Moines Firefighters BJ Schumacker and Greg Siembieda.

Firefighters from the West Des Moines Fire Department visited kindergarten and first grade classes across the district to talk about fire safety in preparation of Fire Prevention Week this week.

They talked about fire prevention, safety with matches, and stop, drop and roll. The firefighters also let students know how important it is for them to know their address and phone number. A few lucky students practiced making a 911 call and giving their address and phone number to the operator.

Each class also got a tour of a fire truck, learning about the special gear firefighters wear and how they hook up hoses to different water sources.

Did you know (taken from…

  • One home structure fire was reported every 87 seconds in 2009.
  • On average, seven people died in home fires every day. Adults 65 and over face the highest risk of fire death.
  • In 2009, U.S. fire departments responded to 362,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 12,650 civilian injuries, 2,565 civilian deaths, $7.6 billion in direct damage.
  • According to an NFPA survey, less than one-fourth of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
  • On average, there are 35 home candle fires reported per day. Roughly two-fifths of these fires started in the bedroom.
Learning About Fire Safety

Westridge kindergarten and first grade students enjoyed a visit from the West Des Moines Fire Department Oct. 3. The firemen discussed fire safety and then took the students outside to show them their fire truck.

Visit www.firepreventionweek.orgfor more information on fire safety and tips on how to keep you and your family safe.