Every month — especially in Colorado — fire prevention and awareness is front and center. But Windsor Severance Fire Rescue is taking October’s Fire Prevention Month as a chance to reach even deeper into the community and ensure everyone knows, including the youngest residents, how to be safe around fire.
Beginning Oct. 16, Windsor firefighters will read a book by local author Jenn Dizmang to children in preschool through third grade. The book, from the Harry Hornacre series, teaches youngsters about fire safety in the home and a that advocates fire safety in the home and community. Every teacher will also get a copy of the book to keep in their classrooms for reference throughout the year, Fire Marshal Sandra Friedrichsen said.
As much as 82 percent of all fire deaths and 76 percent of all fire injuries happen in residential buildings, according to data from the United States Fire Administration. On average, 2,500 deaths and $7 billion in damages stem from approximately 360,000 residential building fires — every year.
Within Fire Prevention Month is a week that this year focuses on preventing kitchen fires — the most common starting location for structure fires.
For more information about Fire Prevention Month and what you can do to help spread the word, contact Windsor Severance Fire Rescue at the fire station, 100 N. 7th St. in Windsor or email email@example.com.