Activities planned in observance of Fire Prevention Week

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Craig Rural Fire Protection District and Craig Fire/Rescue would like to introduce you to a new column dedicated to a fire safe Moffat County. This will be a monthly column designed to educate residents about the hazards of fire and inform the taxpayers of Craig Rural Fire Protection District about the activities of your Fire Department.


Test your smoke alarms

This week is Fire Prevention Week, the oldest safety commemoration proclaimed annually by the president of the United States. It has its origination as a result of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Fire Prevention Week has become a fixture of fire department culture and the focal point for local public fire safety awareness education activities in October.

The Chicago fire began Oct. 8, 1871, and continued burning through Oct. 9, doing most of its damage that day. As a result, Fire Prevention Week is always commemorated during the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls.

In observance of Fire Prevention Week, Craig Rural Fire Protection District will have an open house from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 9. Everyone is invited. Planned activities include: a smoke detector class, fire station and apparatus tours, auto extrication demonstration, hands-on fire extinguisher class, meet your fire board and fire fighters, free hot dogs and soft drinks, information handouts and fun for children.

Craig police will do child-seat safety checks. Colorado State Patrol will present DUI information. Moffat County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team will present information and The Memorial Hospital's Emergency Medical Services will offer blood pressure checks.

Fire Prevention Tip No. 1

The majority of fatal home fires happen at night when people are asleep. Smoke alarms give you time to escape.

Install an alarm in or outside each sleeping area. Make sure everyone clearly can hear and recognize the sound of all smoke alarms. If you sleep with your bedroom doors closed, have a qualified electrician install interconnected smoke alarms in each room, so that when one sounds, they all sound.

Look for more fire tips the remainder of the week on the "Briefly" page.

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