PLAINFIELD, NJ – Fire Prevention Week starts Sunday, Oct. 6 and runs through Oct. 12 across the nation, and the Plainfield Fire Division kicked it off with a parade and safety fair for the community on Saturday morning.
By evening, members of the Fire Division were knocking down a fire in a vacant structure, a wood frame private dwelling on the 200 block of W. 7th St. that is the site of four previous fires, according to Breaking News Network. Sirens, or evacuation tones, could be heard. The fire was placed under control, and command requested a county fire investigator to the scene, according to BNN.
Earlier in the day a procession of fire engines, along with the Plainfield High School marching band, made its way from City Hall on Watchung Ave. over to East Front St. to the safety fair. Many organizations were on hand to provide information and tips on fire prevention, and there were interactive activities and entertainment for the children. Popular fire prevention mascots Sparky the Dog and Smoky the Bear also made appearances for the crowd.
Representatives from the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board provided a sprinkler demonstration activated by an actual live fire that showed just how quickly sprinklers can prevent a fire once activated.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, you may have only one to two minutes to escape from a typical home fire after a smoke alarm is set off. Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week, and in 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance. Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of Oct. 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire that began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage.
During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.
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