Fire Prevention Week is off to a great start at Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One, in Gig Harbor, Washington. FPW began with a scarecrow display at the annual Scarecrow Festival early this month. Using this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme,
“Don't Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” the department created a display of pumpkin-head
family members in their dining room with dad checking the smoke alarm, mom checking the back of the smoke alarm and
junior making a fire escape plan. The arm of dad scarecrow actually moves and when it reaches the smoke alarm, the smoke alarm sounds. More than 500 people attended the festival and spoke with officials about fire safety. Sparky the Fire Dog® was on hand to greet the kids. Throughout October, members of Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One will visit preschools and day care facilities that have been teaching the students about fire safety using the NFPA Learn Not to Burn Preschool® Program. Prevention Specialist Nanette Tatom says the kids love learning about fire safety and how firefighters are community helpers. On October 10, the department teamed up with Domino's to deliver fire safety messages and pizza. Tatom states that 100 percent of the homes visited had smoke alarms older than 10 years old and 25 percent of the homes had smoke alarms that didn’t sound when the alarm was tested because the alarms had no batteries. FPW continues with a reading at a local library of No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids and a tour of a fire engine.
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