The Springfield Fire Department will once again use October’s Fire Prevention Month as an opportunity to educate the community about fire and life safety. In cooperation with Springfield Public Schools and several private schools, firefighters will visit kindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms in Springfield, providing age-appropriate fire safety lessons throughout the month.

The department is working in collaboration with the Battlefield, Ebenezer, and Strafford Fire Protection Districts to provide a unified curriculum and consistent fire and life safety messaging for all elementary schools within the SPS district.

By the end of October, the SFD will have provided more than 10,000 children with life-saving safety education they will carry with them for a lifetime. During school visits, firefighters provide information to children on how to prepare for, prevent and respond to fires and other emergencies. The lessons include hands-on activities to make the visits educational and fun and are taught by Springfield firefighters who have been specially trained for Fire Prevention Month.  In addition to  elementary schools, firefighters will also be visiting numerous preschools throughout Springfield..

Following each school visit, each child will be given a survey to take home about what they learned from their firefighters. Every child who returns the form will be entered into a drawing to win a ride to school in a fire engine. Twelve lucky children, one from each of the 12 fire station districts throughout the city, will be randomly chosen for this experience.

The Fire Prevention Month program is part of the department’s comprehensive Community Risk Reduction program, which is focused on reduction and elimination of risk from fire in our community.

And remember, if you need a smoke alarm or replacement battery, or would like to have your smoke alarm(s) tested, please contact the Fire Department at 417-874-2300 to schedule your appointment.