Across the United States, firefighters are honoring National Fire Prevention Week.
Firefighters put their lives on the line every day. Captain Joey Chojnacki of the Hagerstown Fire Department says the biggest issue they face in the city are cooking fires.
Through this years theme of “Look, Listen, Learn” for Fire Prevention Week, firefighters like Chojnacki help educate residents on having working smoke detectors in the home. The latest 10-year lithium ion smoke detector can be found in stores, but that’s not all.
“We want to make sure that if there is an emergency that they know two ways to get out and once they’re out to meet in a familiar place so that they know they are all out and together,” said Chojnacki.
The Children’s Village of Washington County provides free classes to second graders in the county on developing good fire safety habits.
“If we can arm the students with as much safety children to try to keep them safe, that will lead them to lead strong and healthy lives,” said Brenda Conrad, Program Administrative Specialist at Children’s Village.
During this time, firefighters visit local schools all week long educating people about how the smallest preparation can make a big difference.
“We ask that residents sleep with their doors closed at night. This prevents if there would be a fire coming into their bedroom and overcoming them before they’re awaken by the smoke detector,” said Chojnacki.
Chojnacki recommends checking smoke detectors twice a year. If you have any questions on how to use a smoke detector or to get a replacement free of charge, contact your local fire department.