Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6-12, and Batesville firefighters are preparing to meet with area youth to discuss the topic.
Students from local preschools, Southeastern Indiana YMCA, St. Louis School and Batesville Primary School will receive information about this year’s theme, “Prevent Kitchen Fires,” reports Batesville fire Chief Todd Schutte.
“We will talk about not playing around the kitchen when their parents are cooking and tell them how to recognize hazards in the house. We will also discuss other things like having an escape plan and making sure you have working smoke detectors.” A new addition this year will be Sparky the Fire Dog.
“We started this program years ago and over the last three to four years it has really grown. It used to be we just went to the schools and did some fire drills.” Now firefighters present an entire program on fire safety.
Schutte believes it’s important to get the safety message out to kids because “with all the statistics you see with kids playing with matches and the child deaths that come from fires, it’s important for us to put out some sort of prevention plan .... There are not many fires in Batesville, and parents are doing a great job” of talking to their kids on the subject.
Fourth-graders at Batesville Intermediate School (Kayla Lawson, Nathaniel Deputy, Kyler Daulton, Travis Lecher, Brayleigh Patterson, Shelby Westerfeld and Ashley Ayette) and St. Louis School (Spencer Mack, Sophie Hirt, Elizabeth Gigrich, Ryan Reder, Faith Tekulve, Lilly Wonnell and Thomas Raver) discussed their ideas about fire safety.
“You should change your smoke detector every six months to make sure it’s in order,” Mack stresses.
“Your family should have a fire safety plan,” reports Lawson.
“Do not play with fire starters or matches. There is a risk you could start something in a large area,” Deputy points out.