Children have an important role when it comes to fire prevention and safety. They will be the main audience for this year's Fire Prevention Week activities, according to Assistant Fire Chief James K. Smith of the Maxwell Air Force (AL) Fire Department.
In an article on the AFB website, Assistant Chief Smith says he hopes kids will take what they learn to their parents when it comes to this year's theme "Have 2 Ways Out," which stresses the importance of planning two household escape routes in case of a fire.
"We take this Fire Prevention Week as an opportunity to really get with the young kids," said Smith. "Kids are always a big focal point for us because we think that if we can get the kids to practice good fire safety, then they could encourage their parents to practice good safety."
Some of the events planned for the week include tours of the Maxwell and Gunter fire departments and a fire safety house display Tuesday at the Maxwell Youth Center, where kids will have a chance to crawl through a "burning" trailer. Sparky the Fire Dog will pay a visit Wednesday to Maxwell Elementary School and will return Friday with fire gear and a truck to answer any questions.
The week will end with a fire vehicle parade throughout the Maxwell and Gunter housing areas.
Additionally, there will be a booth set up at the Maxwell Exchange Tuesday, giving the Maxwell Air Force Fire Department personnel a chance to meet with the community and show residents how to create their own fire escape plan.