October 01, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Springfield firefighters will visit 23 elementary schools during Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month and the Springfield Fire Department is proud to say firefighters will be sharing life-saving information to a record number of students this year.  Students from Kindergarten through 5th grade at 23 Springfield schools will each receive two age-appropriate fire safety lessons.  These lessons range from the importance of preventing fires to getting out of the home safely if a fire does occur. These visits will occur throughout the month of October.
In addition to the fire prevention lessons, this year, one 4th grade class will also win a pizza party from Incredible Pizza Company!  The class that turns in the most home escape plans correctly identifying two ways out of every room and the proper locations of smoke alarms will win the party. They’ll even be joined for the party by one of our fire crews!
Statistics show that children are among the most likely to be injured or killed in a fire.  Providing consistent and continual fire safety messages to children of all ages will not only help reduce fires overall, but also help children respond appropriately when a fire does occur.
For media only: For more information, contact Fire and Life Safety Educator Cara Erwin at 417-864-1699 or cerwin@springfieldmo.gov.

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Springfield Fire Department

830 Boonville Ave., P.O. Box 8368, Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1500 • FAX: 417-864-1505 • springfieldmo.gov/fire