FREMONT – Fire Prevention Week is from October 8th to October 14th this year.
This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Every Second Counts. Plan Two Ways Out!” Both the Fremont Fire Department and the Fremont Rural Fire Department are participating in Fire Prevention Week. Fire Chief Todd Bernt says some of the events the Fremont Fire Department will take part in include an open house and talking with students.
“We have our open house, and we wanna give back to the community. We want to say thank you to the community by inviting them into our house,” said Bernt. “Also during Fire Prevention Week we’ll actually go to some of the schools. We’ll talk about fire safety, and do some fire drills, stuff like that.”
Bernt adds fire prevention is important, and he recommends practicing fire drills to prepare.
“When seconds count, plan two ways out. Practice fire drills at home. If you have a business, practice them at your business so that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire,” said Bernt. “I think that’s really important, because if you don’t practice them and something does happen, then people panic. And I think when you do practice them it takes some of the anxiety away. So by knowing two ways out of a room in the event of a fire, it could definitely save some lives.”
Bernt says while Fire Prevention Week is only recognized nationally one week of the year, the Fremont Fire Department promotes fire prevention every day of the year.
“Even though Fire Prevention Week is promoted one week out of the year, we promote it all year. Some of the things that we do all year long, we want to promote smoke alarm safety,” said Bernt. “For the elderly and the disable who cannot change batteries or check out their smoke detectors, they can call us and we’ll come out and do that for them.”
Fire Prevention Week starts on Sunday, October 8th. The Fremont Fire Department’s Open House will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, and the Fremont Rural Fire Department’s Pancake Feed will be on Sunday, October 15th.