Community, Park Forest

Park Forest Fire Department Recognizes National Fire Prevention Week, October 8 – 14

park forest fire department, fire truck, gear
A truck and gear of the Park Forest Fire Department. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Community Events on October 12 and 14

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—September 26, 2017. National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 8 – 14. In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s what you can do to prepare:

1. Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
2. Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
3. Teach
children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
4. Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked
and easy for the fire department to find.
5. Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat,
and fire.
6. Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

The Park Forest Fire Department will hold the following events in recognition of Fire Prevention Week:

• 37th Annual Memorial Service and Twilight Parade on Thursday, October 12 with a Service at 6:30 p.m. at St. Irenaeus Church, 78 Cherry Street followed by a Parade at 7 p.m.
• Open House at the Fire Department Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.