Half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January and February, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. As cold temperatures grip the region a group of seniors in Kanawha County heard a reminder about the keys to fire prevention.
Seniors at the First Baptist Church in St. Albans, WV learned about fire prevention with a little help from the city's fire department.
It is part of a joint effort between firefighters and the Hansford Senior Center.
"It seemed to be a really good fit for our city and something we could do a lot of good with," said firefighter Chris Collins.
In November the two groups teamed up to apply for a scholarship through the National Fire Prevention Association. The program is called Remembering When. It teaches seniors how to prevent fires and gives tips on preventing falls as well.
"A few years ago we had five fire fatalities in a span of about 15 months," Collins said. "We decided it would help us to be more proactive, better serve our citizens and be a better fire department."
Seniors learn about things like how to test smoke detectors, when to replace them and about the importance of carbon monoxide detectors. It is knowledge that could save their life.
During the presentations firefighters ask residents if they'd like to schedule a home safety visit. Those visits allow a team to make sure smoke detectors are installed and working properly and point out other hazards.
If you have a church or civic group in the city limits of St. Albans and want to schedule a class you can call the fire department. Outside of city limits contact the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's office for resources.
You can learn more about the Remembering When program by clicking HERE.
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