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Lugoff Fire crews teach Fire Prevention

Posted: November 27, 2013 4:16 p.m.
Updated: November 29, 2013 5:00 a.m.

During the National Fire Prevention Week last month, firefighters from the Lugoff Fire Department visited the Lugoff Schools to promote fire and life safety initiatives to children and adults. The national fire prevention campaign for 2013 is "Prevent Kitchen Fires: Get Cooking with Fire Safety." Firefighters spoke with Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First-Grade classes at Lugoff and Wateree Elementary Schools during the week.

"If you love your family, live to love them" Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray stated; emphasizing the importance of fire prevention and preparedness in the home. Firefighters taught children and adults about exiting the home during a fire or smoke alarm alert, how to meet at the family meeting place away from the home, the dangers of smoke from a fire, what to do if their clothes catch on fire, to never go back inside a home once outside during a fire, not to stop and pick up toys or dolls on the way out of a home, the dangers of matches, lighters, and candles, and how to stay low on the ground when exiting a home filled with smoke. After the presentation, firefighters put on their fire gear in front of the students and each class was allowed to visit the fire truck outside with fire crews.

"Our kids were so excited to have us there and listened so well to our life-saving message. Our firefighters were quite interactive with the kids and we enjoyed the opportunity to share with them what we do and why we do it. The bonds we build with our kids today may just save their life tomorrow" Chief Ray stated. Lugoff Fire crews appreciate the support of the principals and teachers for allowing them to share with the students again this year.

The Lugoff Fire Department encourages all citizens to check their smoke detectors once a month and replace any of them that are over 10 years old. For citizens who cannot afford to purchase smoke detectors for the home, call the Lugoff Fire Department at 438-2553 for immediate assistance.

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