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October 17, 2012

Norman fire dept. to provide safety info

NORMAN — The Norman Fire Department will interact with the community for Fire Prevention Month.

Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey said firefighters are going to elementary schools to talk to children and are offering tours at the fire stations for the general public. At schools, the focus will be personal protection.

Firefighters will be teaching children the importance of “Stop, Drop and Roll,” making sure to have two exits out of their home in case of a fire and not to play with lighters or matches.

For older groups or those who tour a fire station, Bailey said they will be focusing on smoke detectors, including operating them and keeping them powered up. In 2010, several fatalities occurred during Fire Prevention Month.

“If the homeowners had a working smoke detector, they would’ve had a much greater chance of getting out of the house,” he said.

Four out of the five fire deaths that occurred were in the early morning hours.

“A smoke detector older than 10 years needs to be replaced. The sensor goes bad over time,” Bailey said. “You can push the battery and it sounds, but that doesn’t mean it will activate in a smoky environment.”

Bailey said it is also important to keep fresh batteries in smoke detectors. Another thing they will be educating individuals about is keeping areas around the home clear of debris to keep wildfires from spreading.

To schedule a tour at a Norman fire station, call 292-9780 or stop by the station.

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