HELENA – The Helena Fire Department will welcome 800 area second graders to Fire Station One throughout the week for Fire Prevention Week.
Monday morning started off with second graders from East Helena who watched a short cartoon about fire safety before answering questions about everything from what starts household fires to how to get out of the house in case of a fire.
Helena Fire Marshal Lou Antonick said fire prevention week is an exciting time and second grade is a great age to hear safety messages.
“The important piece is when these kids, when we go through and do this education piece – they’re going to come home and talk to family members and parents and everybody else about what they learned and we really encourage everybody to get involved in the whole process,” said Antonick.
He added that process includes checking smoke detectors, as well as planning an escape route and a meeting place outside.
Antonick said now is also the time to check your fireplace or wood stove, and the batteries in your carbon monoxide alarms.
-Reported by Melissa Jensen