Fire crews educate residents

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Sunday was the kickoff to fire prevention week, and fire departments across the country are opening their doors to teach their communities about fire safety.

Inside Station One in downtown Youngstown, youngsters got to see how fast smoke can fill up a room and what they need to do. Stop, drop and roll was the message.

In Poland, kids suited up in fire gear and worked side by side with firefighters. Douglas Stoudt got to climb up in a truck.

“Lots of equipment, air tanks and it was very cool,” Stoudt said.

Fire departments used Sunday’s open house to talk to kids about fire safety and remind parents of the basics.

“Make sure your family has a meeting place. Call 911 from a neighbor’s house,” said Marcia Harris, chief fire inspector with the Youngstown Fire Department.

The holiday season is just around the corner and Harris said it is usually a busy time of year for fire departments.

“Time for heaters to come on. We also find a lot of people burning leaves and things that would cause fire,” Harris said.

Both departments stress how valuable smoke detectors are. They gave some away free of charge.

“Make sure you check those smoke detectors. They are so important to everyone. It could mean your life,” said Fire Education Specialist Bill O’Hara.

It’s good to change the batteries when clocks are changed. Daylight Saving is November 2.

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