Waynesville elementary students on Fort Leonard Wood learned what to do to prevent fires and how to get out in the event of a fire during the district’s recognition of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15.

Waynesville elementary students on Fort Leonard Wood learned what to do to prevent fires and how to get out in the event of a fire during the district’s recognition of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15.
Students received plastic fire hats, fire safety pamphlets, learned about fire equipment and toured the “smoke” house that safely simulates smoke so that students learn what to do in a fire, all from Fort Leonard Wood firefighters.
When the smoke started to roll in from underneath the door, students were instructed to stay low, block the smoke with a blanket and find another way to escape. Students also made their way out a window.
Parents are urged to replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older.
“More than 1 million fires occur each year in the United States. Throughout the past decade, the number of fires -- and of resulting deaths and injuries -- has gone down. But residential fires still damage homes across our country, causing a higher percentage of fire deaths, injuries, and economic loss than any other fires, and wildfires continue to devastate our forests and threaten nearby homes and businesses. During Fire Prevention Week, we strive to increase our preparedness for fires and commit to giving dedicated firefighters the support they need to keep us safe,” stated President Barack Obama in the proclamation for Fire Prevention Week.
During this week, “we also pause to honor our first responders and firefighters, including those who have sacrificed their own lives to save the lives of people they had never met. Let us salute them and pay tribute to all firefighters whose bravery, sense of duty, and love of country make our Nation a stronger, safer place,” Obama stated in his proclamation.