Spangdahlem Air Base kicks off 2016 Fire Prevention Week

U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph McFall, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, signs the 2016 Fire Prevention Week proclamation at the base fire department on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 5, 2016. This years Fire Prevention Week will be observed Oct. 9-15 with the theme "Don't wait - Check the Date." The emphasis is on replacing batteries yearly in all smoke alarms and replacing the alarms themselves every 10 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Col. Joe McFall, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, signs the 2016 Fire Prevention Week proclamation at the base fire department on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 5, 2016. This year's Fire Prevention Week will be observed Oct. 9-15, 2016 with the theme "Don't wait - Check the Date." This year's emphasis will focus on replacing batteries yearly in all smoke alarms and replacing the alarms themselves every 10 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph McFall, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, reads the 2016 Fire Prevention Week proclamation at the base fire department on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 5, 2016. This years Fire Prevention Week will be observed Oct. 9-15 with the theme "Don't wait - Check the Date." The emphasis is on replacing batteries yearly in all smoke alarms and replacing the alarms themselves every 10 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Col. Joe McFall, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, reads the 2016 Fire Prevention Week proclamation at the base fire department on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 5, 2016. This year's Fire Prevention Week will be observed Oct. 9-15, 2016 with the theme "Don't wait - Check the Date." This year's emphasis will focus on replacing batteries yearly in all smoke alarms and replacing the alarms themselves every 10 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

SPANGDAHLEM Air Base, Germany --

Spangdahlem Sabers will observe Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9-15 2016 with the theme “Don’t Wait – Check the Date.” This event will have an emphasis on replacing batteries yearly in all smoke alarms and replacing the alarms themselves every 10 years.

During Fire Prevention Week, the Spangdahlem AB Fire Department will be providing educational material and information on the leading causes of home fires, how to protect homes and families with life-saving technologies and the importance of home escape planning.

“I urge each and every one of you to protect your homes and families by heeding the important safety messages of this national campaign, and to support the many public safety activities and efforts of our Fire and Emergency Services flight,” said Col. Joe McFall, 52nd Fighter Wing commander.

Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. On the 40th anniversary of that fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America sponsored the first National Fire Prevention Day, observing the anniversary to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.

When President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4-10, 1925, he noted in the previous year some 15,000 lives lost to fires in the United States. Calling the loss startling, Coolidge's proclamation stated, "This waste results from the conditions which justify a sense of shame and horror; for the greater part of it could and ought to be prevented...It is highly desirable that every effort be made to reform the conditions which have made possible so vast a destruction of the national wealth.”

The Spangdahlem Fire Dept. will hold the following events throughout the week:

Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – Child Development Center/Family Daycare visit with fire truck and Sparky, the fire departments mascot.

Oct. 12 -14, 8 a.m.-2:20 p.m. – Spangdahlem Elementary with a full day of fire safety demos and giveaways.

Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fire Safety display, bouncy castle, free promotional giveaways, extinguisher training and Sparky at the Spangdahlem Base Exchange and Commissary.

For additional information, contact the Spangdahlem Fire Prevention Office at DSN 452-5292 or commercial 0656561-5292.