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Firefighters become the teachers during Fire Prevention Month

Post Date:09/25/2018 3:28 PM

Join the West Chester Fire Department – and fire companies across the country – in recognizing National Fire Prevention Week during the week of Oct. 7-13, 2018.

West Chester fire personnel will be out in the community promoting this year's important theme, "Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire Can Happen Anywhere," throughout the entire month of October.

By month’s end, WCFD will have participated in more than 20 fire prevention outreach events and training activities with more than a dozen community partners, from schools and religious organizations to private businesses and neighborhood block parties.

Open to the Public

You can catch up with the West Chester Fire Department at upcoming public events: 

  • Say "hello" to a firefighter/EMT at The Great Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, Oct. 13. This free, family-friendly event goes from 2 to 6 p.m. at Keehner Park, 7211 Barret Rd.
  • Join crews at MidPointe Library in West Chester, 9363 Centre Pointe Dr., on Tuesday, Oct. 16 starting at 10 a.m. for Stop, Drop and Roll. This fire safety event includes story time, a craft and more!

Coloring Pages

If you can't make it out to meet a firefighter/EMT at an event this month, consider bringing the fire safety lessons into your own home.

A special four-page set of coloring pages is available for download thanks to the West Chester Fire Department. Each page features themed animations and puzzles with unique fire prevention lessons, such as:

  1. Always know two ways out of every room. Create an escape plan for your home. Designate a safe family meeting spot outside.
  2. Test smoke detectors regularly. Replace batteries when necessary and twice each year when clocks change for Daylight Saving Time.
  3. Close bedroom doors at night before going to sleep. When you “Close Before You Doze,” you can slow the spread of fire through your home if it were to ignite.
  4. Don’t be afraid of or hide from firefighters wearing their gear in emergencies. The equipment may look and sound scary, but firefighters are just people trying to help.

Click to download and print the WCFD Fire Safety Coloring Pages. Paper versions are available at West Chester fire stations and will be distributed at community events.

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