On Oct. 11, the Monett Fire Department will be taking fire trucks to the Monett Elementary School from 8:30 a.m. to noon. On Oct. 13, the fire department will set off fire alarms at the Monett Middle School at 9 a.m. Fire trucks will be at the St. Lawrence Catholic School from 1 to 3 p.m.
On Oct. 14, alarms will be set off at all schools beginning at 8:30 a.m. Fire trucks will be at the Monett Elementary School and will work their way to the Monett High School.
A fire safety checklist includes the following:
* Install and maintain a working smoke alarm outside of every sleep area and remember to change the battery at least once a year.
* Designate two escape routes from each bedroom and practice them regularly.
* Teach everyone the "Stop, Drop and Roll" technique in case clothing catches on fire.
* Avoid storing old mattresses in the home or garage.
* Teach kids that matches, lighters and candles are tools, not toys. If you suspect that a child is playing with fire, check under beds and in closets for telltale signs like burned matches.
* Always stay in the kitchen while cooking.
* Keep things that can burn, such as dishtowels, paper or plastic bags, and curtains, at least three feet away from the range top.
* Before cooking, roll up sleeves and use oven mitts. Loose-fitting clothes can touch a hot burner and catch on fire.
* Always stay by the grill when cooking. The grill may stay hot for a long time. Keep children and pets away.
* Keep grills at least 10 feet away from other objects, including the house and any shrubs or bushes.
* Store matches and lighters in a locked cabinet.
* Space heaters need to be at least three feet away from things that can burn. Always turn off heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
* Have a service person inspect chimneys, fireplaces, wood and coal stoves and central furnaces once a year.
* Keep things that can burn away from a fireplace and keep a glass or metal screen in front of your fireplace.
* Use fire-safe cigarettes, and smoke outside.
* Use large, deep ashtrays on sturdy surfaces like a table.
* Douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before dumping them in the trash.
* Only light candles when an adult is in the room
* Always use stable, candle holders made of material that will not catch fire.
Gasoline is very dangerous and inside a garage or home, the vapors can explode with just a tiny spark. If gas must be kept at home, use a special safety container and keep it in an outdoor shed away from the home.
Every family should plan a fire escape and find two exits out of every room. Family members should pick a meeting place outside and hold a fire drill at least twice a year. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home. There are two kinds of smoke alarms, photoelectric and ionization. If possible, one should purchase one of each kind or a combination smoke alarm that have both types of sensors.
According to the Home Safety Council's State of Home Safety in America report, fires and burns are the third leading cause of unintentional home injury and related deaths. Each year, more than 4,000 Americans die in fires, more than 25,000 are injured in fires and more than 100 firefighters are killed while on duty. Eighty-three percent of all civilian fire deaths occurred in residences, and many of these fires could have been prevented if precautions would have been followed.