Oct 192012

Joseph City Fire District observed the National Fire Protection Agency’s (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week 2012 by educating children to be fire smart. This year, members of the JCFD visited Joseph City Elementary School and made several presentations to children in preschool through third grade. The children enjoyed a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog and were taught the basics of stop, drop and roll, smoke alarms, escape plans and also of this year’s NFPA theme–Have 2 Ways Out. In addition to the elementary school, the Native American Outreach Ministries (NAOMI) house was also visited by Sparky and his firefighters.
JCFD would like to thank officials of Joseph City Elementary School and NAOMI House for allowing us to educate their children on the basics of fire prevention. Special thanks go to Engineer Ryan Monzingo, Engineer Tyler Rice, Engineer Elmer Cahoon, Firefighter Kassie Dixon, Firefighter Shawna Williams, EMT Cathy Winner and Captain Jeff Dixon for their help in making Fire Prevention Week a success.
According to the NFPA, in 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,350 civilian injuries, 2,640 civilian deaths and $6.9 billion in direct damage. “One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010,” said JCFD Captain Jeff Dixon. “Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize. Having a tried and true escape plan with two ways is essential to ensuring your family’s safety should fire break out in your home.”
Joseph City Fire District recommends the following tips for planning your family’s escape:
* Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.
* Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.
* Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.
* Have a grown-up sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.
* Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and remind grown-ups to have your family practice the plan twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.
If you would like more information on fire prevention and home escape plans, please contact the Joseph City Fire District at (928) 288-3311.

Photo courtesy of the Joseph City Fire District
Tyler Rice of the Joseph City Fire District explains the workings of a fire truck to Darolyn DeWitt and her first grade class from Joseph City Elementary School as part of the district’s Fire Prevention Week activities.