Firefighters: It's all about the kids during National Fire Prevention Week

Firefighters are spending this week teaching elementary students about fire safety with the 23rd annual Lafayette Fire Prevention Show.

Posted: Oct 7, 2019 5:43 PM

GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It's national fire prevention week and Greater Lafayette firefighters say it starts with the kids.

Firefighters are spending this week teaching elementary students about fire safety. Both fire departments have partnered to put on the 23rd annual Lafayette Fire Prevention Show. 

More than 4,000 students will learn about fire safety through performances and music. Lafayette Fire Department Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention Brian Alkire said the whole family can benefit from this week.

"It's good for this week to really emphasize testing your smoke alarms," said Alkire. "To practice, make sure that you have two ways out, and that you have a home escape plan, if you don't, this week's a good week to build that."

Firefighters agree. They believe these performances are a great way to spread fire prevention awareness.

"If a kid decides that they might want to play with matches that they'll think twice about it or something like that and if they hear the smoke detector they'll tell their parents what to do," said Firefighter Brian Silver with the Lafayette Fire Department.

"I think the kids enjoy it," said Firefighter Nick Wagner with the West Lafayette Fire Department. "If not, we're making an effort to make it right, we're trying to help as much as we can," added Firefighter Curtis Shidler.

The next fire prevention show for the public is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Sunnyside Intermediate School.

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