It's Fire Prevention Week. Working smoke alarms are proven to make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign: "Hear the Beep where you Sleep!"
The Wichita Fire Department (WFD) is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.
“When there is an emergency, and specifically a fire emergency, every second counts," said Fire Chief Ronald D. Blackwell. “A working smoke alarm may give you those precious few seconds you need to survive.”
The WFD is hosting a number of activities during Fire Prevention Week to promote "Hear the Beep where you Sleep." Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of having a smoke alarm and testing them to be sure they are working on a monthly basis.
Schedule of Events
Monday October 5th - School Fire Drills
Unannounced fire drills at 15 Wichita area schools. Drills will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day until approximately 3 p.m.
Tuesday October 6 - 5th Grade Fire Prevention Zoo Adventure
In cooperation with area fire departments and injury prevention coalitions and agencies, area fifth grade students will have the opportunity to interact with firefighters, practice fire safety measures and view fire equipment while enjoying what the Sedgwick County Zoo has to offer. This event is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday October 7 - Fun “N” Learning at the YMCA
At the North Branch YMCA, Area grade schools, home schools and special needs children are invited to attend an outdoor event where they have the opportunity to interact with the Wichita Fire Department and area injury prevention coalition partners. Youth will be able to experience the department’s Mobile Prevention Experience Unit and learn about the safety of seat belts.
This event is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Branch YMCA, 3330 N. Woodlawn.
Thursday October 8 - Mobile Prevention Experience
A fire prevention caravan dedicated to child safety in the home, the special “smoke house” will be taken to area schools to instill the importance of smoke alarms in the home and having a fire escape plan. Programs are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. with stops at two Wichita area schools.
Friday October 9 – Smoke Alarm Blitz
Do you need a smoke alarm or know somebody who does? Today, Wichita Fire Fighters will be out installing free smoke alarms and/or batteries for people in our community who need one. They also will be out installing smoke alarms during the week of October 12th.
Please call 268-4441, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., to schedule an appointment for any of these days. (October 9, October 12-16)
Saturday October – Visit Your Neighborhood Fire Station
Residents are always welcome to stop into their neighborhood fire station to meet local firefighters and to take a tour of the fire department’s apparatus. Firefighters will have fire safety books to hand out to children, courtesy of McDonald’s and the National Fire Protection Association