National Fire Prevention Week begins Oct. 9 with an emphasis on basic, but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.
The theme for 2016, “Don’t Wait—Check the Date” stresses the importance of replacing smoke alarms every 10 years.
This is the final year of a three-year campaign to educate the public about proper fire alarm use.
Local firefighters are gearing up to demonstrate the importance of fire prevention.
Firefighters from Altus Air Force Base are conducting a live fire training exercise Oct. 12 at the base Fire Training Center at 7:30 p.m. This drill is designed to demonstrate the skills and techniques used to extinguish a mock-up of a burning aircraft.
Multiple fire teams, as well as many different types of firefighting equipment and vehicles, will be present for the exercise, showing the teamwork necessary to respond to a fire emergency.
The Altus Fire Department participates in civic club fire safety programs aimed at educating the public about fire safety and prevention throughout the year. Members of the department participate in local events like the Cotton Pickin’ Chili Cookoff and Hispanic Heritage Fiesta and visit local schools.
Members of the Altus Fire Department are scheduled to visit Altus Public Schools on Oct. 21, dressed as clowns to teach students fire safety in a fun way that grabs their attention and could save a lives.
National Fire Prevention Week began in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire on Oct. 8-9, 1871. The fire took the lives of 250 people, while 100,000 people lost their homes, and more than 17,400 structures and 2,000 acres were decimated.
Today, the Chicago Fire Department training academy is at the site of the O’Leary property, where the fire was said to have started when Catherine O’Leary’s cow kicked over a kerosene lantern in her barn.
To protects lives and property, the National Protection Association recommends replacing smoke alarms every 10 years. To find out how old a smoke alarm is, the date of manufacture can be found on the back of the alarm. Any alarm 10 years older than that date should be replaced.
Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.