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Fire Prevention Week returns to Lima City Schools

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The Lima Fire Department teamed up with the National Fire Protection Association to teach the theme of this year’s fire prevention week: Look, Listen and Learn. The Lima Fire Department teamed up with the National Fire Protection Association to teach the theme of this year’s fire prevention week: Look, Listen and Learn.
Fire Prevention Week began October 7 and runs through the 13. Fire Prevention Week began October 7 and runs through the 13.

Firefighters across the country are focusing on students this week for Fire Prevention Week.

Once again the Lima Fire Department teamed up with the National Fire Protection Association to teach the theme of this year’s fire prevention week: Look, Listen and Learn.

Look for places fire could start. Listen for the sound of smoke detectors. Learn two ways out of every room.

"We stick to the basic premise of fire safety making sure that they protect themselves from an emergency," said Warren Pughsley, fire inspector for Lima Fire Department. "In the event of an emergency, making sure they escape that emergency. We don’t want to have any kind of scenario where we’re sitting in the city wondering why a child didn’t escape a fire."

Third graders at Unity Elementary were the lucky school to be visited on Wednesday. With the help of Patches, the students learn why it’s important to be alert.

"In Kindergarten, all the students get to go to safety city where they go to the smokehouse and learn about "stop, drop and roll," said Tricia Winkler, principal at the school. "When they get to this age sometimes they forget, especially this time of year once the heaters start coming on and parents are using the baseboard heater or the kerosene heaters. Students need to know when there’s smoke, there’s fire and they need to know what to do be safe."

According to the NFPA, house fires have been on the decline since 1980. Although, numbers from 2016 show deaths from house fires are 10 percent higher than they were in 1980.

"The problem is fire deaths are not on the decline," Pughsley said. "That’s because of the substances that a lot of the fires are involved with. A lot of the plastics, the different upholstery with furniture and different things like that. A lot of the cleaners, stuff that we put on wood and just carpet."

Fire Prevention Week began October 7 and runs through the 13.

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