It's National Fire Prevention Week, and fire departments in the Quad Cities are hard at work teaching people about fire safety. They're sending firefighters to elementary schools and day cares to make sure children know about fire safety.
"We're going to teach them about smoke detectors, exit drills in the home, not playing with fire and matches, and things like that." said Mark Kakert, a Lieutenant with the Davenport Fire Department
Davenport's fire safety trailer helps teach students how to evacuate, and Bettendorf Fire Department is giving students information on home fire drills.
While going to schools and teaching fire safety is an important part of Fire Prevention Week, it's not the only thing being done. The fire department will team up with the Red Cross and go door to door making sure people in Davenport have a crucial defense against house fires.
"Hear the Beep Where you Sleep," is the theme for National Fire Prevention Week. The Illinois State Fire Marshal, Matt Perez, wants everyone to make sure there's a working smoke detector in every bedroom of your home. The American Red Cross is hitting the ground running to ensure more homes have working smoke detectors.
"In partnership with Davenport Rotary and Davenport fire, we will be going door to door doing smoke alarm installation and providing education and awareness materials for the families that we are speaking with," said Amber Wood, the American Red Cross Executive Director in Moline.
"We're going to go out and canvas, and find people that need smoke detectors and it's going to be in the davenport neighborhoods where we've actually had people that need smoke detectors," Kakert said.
And it doesn't end there: The whole month of October is Fire Safety Month. Area fire departments will be educating students over the next few weeks as well.
If you'd like to volunteer with the Red Cross on Saturday, Ocober 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 pm., to install smoke detectors in people's homes, you can sign up by calling 217-222-2411, ext. 7304, or by following this link: redcross.org/il/moline
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