Fort Jackson hosts carnival to educate Midlands residents on fire safety
Fire Prevention Week is around the corner (Oct. 7-Oct. 13), and Fort Jackson is kicking off the week with a carnival as a fun and engaging way to educate the community on fire safety. The purpose of Fire Prevention week is to bring awareness to community members, young and old, of the risks that come with fires.
Fire Prevention Week is the longest-running public health observance in The United States, after Pres. Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the week a national observance in 1925.
Fort Jackson’s 2018 campaign is, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” This campaign is set up to teach three essential steps that serve to reduce the risk of a fire occurring:
LOOK: Look for places where a fire could start. Search your home thoroughly. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them on the spot.
LISTEN: Listen for the sound of smoke alarms. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
LEARN: Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outdoors are free of clutter and can be opened easily.
Activities will be set up throughout the Fort Jackson fire station that will involve education and practice of fire safety precautions. Fallen firefighters and those killed in fires will also be remembered at the carnival and throughout the week. Fort Jackson’s carnival will be held Oct. 6, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the fire station, at 5499 Fort Jackson Blvd.