DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – “Don’t Wait, Check The Date” is the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week, reminding people to change their smoke detectors every 10 years.
The week kicked off in the Quad Cities on Sunday with a parade that took fire trucks and other emergency vehicles from Modern Woodman Park to the Village of East Davenport, which is where many got the chance to learn more about fire safety.
“It was very engaging and they had lots of things to attract the little kids so it was fun,” Dori Podoba, of Davenport, said.
That was all fun on Sunday, but firefighters in the Quad Cities say it’s important for kids to start learning about fire safety at a young age.
“By getting out in the public like this then they get to see us, they get to play on the trucks, they get to know us, not personally, but they get to know that firefighters aren’t bad guys,” Lt. John Winters, with the Silvis Fire Department, said. “If a firefighters calling for them, and they’re in a house, they understand, O.K. that person is here to help me.”
During controlled demonstrations on Sunday, firefighters showed why it’s important to know what to do in a real situation.
Winters says one thing to remember is, if your home is on fire, to keep all doors closed.
“Shutting doors when you go out helps them save property and it helps us by containing the fire to a certain area of the home,” Winters said.
Winters says just teaching kids the basics, like not to play with fire, is a good place to start.
“Young ones are going to be curious, they’re going to play with whatever they can get their hands on, let’s not give them anything that’s going to make a danger for them,” Winters said.
“You never know when emergencies are going to happen, so it’s always good to be prepared and even the few things that she can remember now, we like to teach her so that she knows what to do to be safe,” Podaba said.
It will be time to change clocks back in November. American Fire Safety in Bettendorf urges everyone to also change the batteries in smoke detectors at that time.
Winters says as we start to get closer to the cooler season, space heaters are a big cause of fires and he wants people to remember when using these, to never leave them running unattended and to keep them away from anything that can catch on fire.