The Galion Fire and EMS Department is visiting local schools and preschools this week as part of Fire Prevention Week. Students get to talk to firefighters and take an up-close look at fire trucks and ambulances, as well as all the equipment used by the department. They also go through the Smoke Trailer, a mobile learning unit in which kids learn fire dangers to watch for and how to safely get out of a house in the event of a fire.
“Education and prevention is a big part of what we do, and ensuring that our younger residents learn fire safety basics is critical,” Fire Chief Phil Jackson said. “The Galion Fire and EMS Department participates in Fire Prevention Week every year at Galion City Schools, Galion St. Joe’s, and all the area preschools. We hope students learn useful tips and have fun through participating in this program.”
Fire Prevention Week is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” Tips for families include:
- Have an escape plan.
- Practice a fire drill twice per year (one at night and one during the day).
- Practice using different ways out of the home and teach children how to escape on their own.
- Once you get outside, stay outside.
Jackson also reminds residents in Galion and Polk Township that free, reflective house signs are available. These signs make it easier for the safety forces to identify addresses, especially at night. To request a sign, fill out a form or call the Galion Fire and EMS Department at 419-468-5580.