This year’s Fire Prevention Week Campaign
HARLINGEN —Leaving cooking equipment in use while unattended, improperly using space heaters and not properly disposing cigarettes — these are some of the many ways house fires could start and place you and your family in potentially life-threatening situations.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of seven people die every day from home fires, which takes more lives each year than all other natural disasters combined in the United States.
Coinciding with National Fire Prevention Week, city fire departments, such as Harlingen and San Benito, will be giving multiple fire safety presentations to daycare children, adults and school districts this week.
This year’s fire prevention theme, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” highlights three calls-to-action that can help people reduce their risk of creating a fire and learning how to be prepared if they encounter one.
Fire departments will teach children fire safety information, such as the importance of having smoke alarms in their home, not playing with matches, planning an exist drill, knowing their exists routes if there’s a fire, having a meeting place outside, crawling low and knowing when to stop drop and roll.
Additionally, the fire departments will show the students fire fighter equipment and familiarize children with their firefighter uniform.
“ We don’t want any of the kids to be scared so we try to interact with them in a way that allows them to have feel comfortable around what we look like in our gear, have fun and learn at the same time,” said Harlingen Assistant Fire Marshal Joey Albritton.