SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – This week is Fire Prevention Week in Massachusetts. The Springfield Fire Department held an event Thursday at the Raymond Sullivan Public Safety Complex.
Firefighter’s answered questions about fire safety, and stressed the importance of checking your smoke alarms every month. This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Hear the Beep before you sleep. Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm.”
The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety reports many people die in house fires because there were no working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be checked every month.
Families should also have an escape plan if there is a fire. Springfield Fire Marshal David Rivera said, “Everyone in the home should know where to meet outside if there’s a fire in their home, that way you can hold a head count. The last thing you want to do is go back in the house whether it’s for a person or a pet or anything for that nature.”
Check smoke detectors on the first of every month, it’ll be a regular life-saving habit you develop.
Pizza, free band-aids, and other goodies were given away during the event. There will be another open house on Saturday at the Mason Square Fire Station at 33 Eastern Avenue.