FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fire Prevention Month has come to a close and nearly 10,000 Springfield children are now a little safer thanks to the dedication of a team of Springfield Firefighters. During 16 days in October, thirty-one firefighters volunteered their time on-duty to visit 37 schools, 464 classrooms and 9,829 students. This is the largest number of students visited in the history of the program.
During their visits, these firefighter educators provided two age-appropriate fire safety lessons to every classroom from Kindergarten through 5th grade in the city of Springfield.
In addition to the fire safety lessons, students each received an activity book. These fire safety activity books will allow children to better retain the lessons learned by not only providing follow up activities at home, but also involving the entire family in their efforts to make their homes fire safe.
Students also went home with a smoke alarm survey asking their parents if they have a working smoke alarm and if not, if they would like one. Those who indicated they would like a smoke alarm will receive a free smoke alarm that will be installed by Springfield Firefighters. All students who return the survey are entered into a drawing and the winning student will receive a ride to school in Springfield Fire Engine! The drawing will take place Wednesday, November 11. The winners will be announced on the Springfield Fire Department's Facebook page.
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For media only: For more information, contact Fire and Life Safety Educator Cara Erwin at [email protected]