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Did you know that October is National Fire Prevention Month? National Fire Prevention Month is a time when we should all become aware of ways to help learn fire safety and prevention. Because most Americans underestimate their risk for fire, many either lack emergency response plans – or fail to practice them with fire drills.


Acknowledging and talking about fire prevention is one of the first steps Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. (BTHS) teachers make with the children in their classrooms. Many locations even invite firemen to visit so the children can see what a fireman looks like when they respond to a fire and the fire equipment they use. Sometimes, the firemen might even bring a fire truck! \


According to a National Fire Prevention Association  survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. During the month of October, Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. staff will work to get all families to set up a fire safety plan and an escape route in case a fire breaks out in their home. Families will also learn about the importance of having one meeting place for everyone. Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?  Smoke alarms save lives as well as pre-planning…Pre-planning and practicing “what if a fire breaks out” helps everyone, including young children, know what to do and where to go when a fire breaks out.