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Fire Prevention Week spreads across Spangdahlem

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  • By Airman 1st Class Luke J. Kitterman
  • 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The loud noise of constant beeping when popcorn overcooks or bread burns in the toaster after being left in too long can be one of the most annoying and agitating sounds known to the human ear. However, every time this sound pierces through the air it should also carry a feeling of safety and security knowing that the smoke detector used to notify you of a fire is working properly.

Every year, Spangdahlem observes Fire Prevention Week, and this year the loud, repeating theme is "A working smoke alarm save lives."

According to the National Fire Protection Association, smoke alarms should be tested once a month by pressing the test button on the detector to ensure they are working properly. It is also best to use interconnected smoke alarms meaning when ones goes off, they all go off. Smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years of use.

Testing smoke alarms represents only one of many fire-safety practices people can do to ensure they are prepared if a fire happens.

"Having a good evacuation plan is something families should practice at their homes," said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremiah A. Hansen, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron assistant fire chief for fire prevention, and native of Ansonia, Conn. "Especially with kids, it is good to have an exact meeting point so everyone can be accounted for. Once out, never re-enter the house." 

Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has aimed to increase fire safety awareness among the U.S. population. Spangdahlem continues the tradition of practicing fire prevention by providing the community with events such as visits from 52nd CES firefighters to Spangdahlem Elementary School to get involved with children.

"My favorite part of Fire Prevention Week, which is one of my favorite weeks of the year, is getting to interact with the kids," said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jason Seavey, 52nd CES firefighter, and native of Baileyville, Maine. "Usually we will go into work for a 24-hour shift, have PT throughout the day, and not really get to leave the firehouse. This week gives us a chance to get out and show the kids all the different things we do. Most importantly, we show them that if we ever have to show up at their house that we are their friends and there to help."

In addition to the school visits, CES firefighters will conduct a fire-safety information day Oct. 10 in front of the Exchange from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"We will have extinguisher training, grease fire demos and also have agencies such as the 52nd Medical Group, Public Health and Red Cross out there providing safety tips," Hansen said. "It will be good information people can take back with them to the home."

For more information on Fire Prevention Week and fire-safety tips visit the National Fire Protection Association at http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information.
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