In 2019, nearly 100 Springfield firefighter educators taught 900 age-appropriate safety lessons in 43 elementary schools during October’s Fire Prevention Month, reaching more than 11,126 K-5 students and teachers.
In 2020, Fire Prevention Month went going virtual, with a series of seven videos that can be shown in the classroom or at home to teach safety lessons to pre-K-fifth-grade students.
The series kicks off with a lesson on kitchen safety for fourth- and fifth-graders by Firefighter Justine. Cooking fires are the No. 1 cause of home fires in Springfield and grease fires are the leading cause. Other causes of cooking fires in our community include stovetop, improper use during cooking, unattended cooking, appliance malfunction, oven and microwave fires.
The rest of the series includes:
Firefighters Are Our Friends (by Firefighter Tanner, for preK-K)
Stay Away From Dangerous Things (by Firefighter Geoff, for preK-K)
Recognizing Home Hazards (by Firefighter Tanner, for first-graders)
Escape Drills in the Home (by Firefighter Mark, for second-graders)
How and When to Call 911 (by Firefighter Mark, for third-graders)
The Fire Triangle (by Firefighter Geoff, for fifth-graders).
The videos will be released throughout October on the department’s social media pages.
The Fire Prevention Month educational program is part of the Springfield Fire Department’s comprehensive Community Risk Reduction program, which is focused on reduction and elimination of risk from fire in the community.
“Community Risk Reduction is about prioritizing our risks as a community and working together to invest the time and resources necessary to reduce them,” said Fire Chief David Pennington.
The Fire Department offers free smoke alarms and batteries to anyone in need. If you need a smoke alarm or replacement battery, or would like to have your smoke alarm(s) tested, please contact the Fire Department at 417-874-2300 to schedule an appointment.