Burton Fire District hosts kids for Fire Prevention Week

Burton Fire District hosts kids for Fire Prevention Week

For Normal firefighter and paramedic Jordan Duran, Tuesday was a day to have a little fun at his job.

The entire community is also invited to an open house on Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon.

Kids that learn about fire prevention tend to remember what they were taught the year before, so focusing on different topics really helps.

Of course, the other major message of Fire Prevention Week is ensuring that smoke alarms are present and working throughout the home.

Seidel says nationally three out of five fire deaths occur in homes where smoke alarms were not working.

Oscar Ortega lives with his wife and four children next to a home that caught on fire back in August.

Two rooms will be set up - one without an indoor sprinkler system and one without. They'll have trucks and a fire safety house on hand. He said having a meeting point after the evacuation also is important. Mitchell said that's thanks in part to the lightweight construction materials used to build homes today and the synthetics now used in carpet and interior fabrics. Families only have a matter of minutes, and sometimes seconds, to get out of the house before fire and smoke take over. Now, it's about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

In a fire, every second counts. Along with conducting Operation E.D.I.T.H. tonight, the fire department is opening its doors to the public on Thursday and Friday in recognition of Fire Prevention Week. "When there was a fire, she was able to get herself and her brother out". The presence of smoke detectors can be the single-biggest lifesaver in the event of a fire. Forbush said a child or animal could inadvertently knock over a candle and the flame could start a fire.

Imagine this terrifying scenario: You and your family are fast asleep when you're awoken by the sound of a smoke alarm and the acrid smell of smoke.

Diana McLaren-Osburne, 68, died in the fire.

Many chiefs also said teaching fire prevention is all about teaching common sense.

Area fire departments are getting involved by emphasizing the importance of fire safety behaviors.

That was the first fatal fire in Normal since 1991. Firefighters say walk through your home with the family and inspect all potential escape options.

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