ELKHART –Stop, drop or roll in to the downtown library for a fire safety program Monday, Oct. 16.
Keeping children and families safe is the first priority for Fire Prevention Week and the Elkhart Fire Department will help families plan during the program.
Starting at 4:30 p.m., downtown, the fire safety course will educate children about what firefighters will wear when they rescue them and what they should do to stay safe and get out if there is a fire.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, the message of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “Hear a beep where you sleep,” emphasizing the importance of working smoke detectors in bedrooms.
During the program Elkhart firefighters will try to alleviate some of the stress children can feel during a disaster by preparing them for the worst case scenario.
Families will be encouraged to check their smoke detectors and come up with a plan for how to escape their homes in the event of a fire and coming up with a meeting spot.
The NFPA says there should be two escape routes from every room planned.
Come to the program and look out for the big red fire truck, everyone in the family is sure to enjoy and learn something to stay safe.