Youngstown area residents learn about fire safety

October 24, 2013 by  

National Fire Prevention Week was October 6-12, and carried the theme of preventing kitchen fires, since more fires start there than in any other room. Less than 20 miles from Youngstown, the Warren Fire Department provided safety lessons to students on the subject.

The Department held an education day, during which firefighters taught children how to use a fire hose and extinguisher. They also taught students what to do if they were ever caught in a fire.

The Warren Fire Department’s Lt. Paul Lamosek noted that the week’s theme of avoiding kitchen fires was appropriate, since his department has a lot of experience battling such blazes. He said that kitchen and bedroom fires—often caused by people smoking in bed and falling asleep, or by children playing with matches or lighters—are an ever-present threat to the community, and one the department faces constantly.

The firefighters said it is important, especially at this time of year, that families devise plans to get out of their homes in case of fire, and then practice those plans. He also advised people to test their smoke alarms each month and make sure to put in fresh batteries every six months. An easy way to remember is to change the batteries when the time changes in spring and fall.

Firefighters could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for residents in the area, reminding them of the dangers of house fires and including safety tips, such as putting together escape plans and replacing smoke alarm batteries.