October is Fire Prevention Month and local fire departments are teaming up with Lowe’s across the country to spread fire safety awareness.

Lowe’s of Norwich and Lowe’s of Oneonta will be participating in the Saturday, Oct. 12 events from 10 a.m. to noon. According to a media release from L.C. Williams & Associates on behalf of safety product brand First Alert, store associates and fire officials will host family-focused activities to teach people about equipping their homes with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Children will get to build a wooden fire truck in a workshop and will receive firefighter hats, coloring books and educational materials while supplies last. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will be on display, including First Alert’s 10-year sealed battery alarms that provide a decade’s worth of protection without the need to replace batteries, according to the release.

At Lowe’s in Oneonta, the Oneonta Fire Department will have a fire engine to display and will discuss fire safety with everyone, said OFD Fire Prevention Officer Ron Wamsley. As part of Fire Prevention Month, the Oneonta Fire Department will spend days with Riverside Elementary, Greater Plains Elementary and Valleview Elementary to teach children about fire prevention, Wamsley said. Younger children will learn about “stop, drop and roll” and the importance of knowing two ways out when a fire is happening, Wamsley said. Fifth-graders will do a hands-on fire extinguisher training using a burn pan, he added. 

“Everybody should be responsible for their own safety,” Wamsley said. “Fire doubles in size every 30 seconds and modern furniture actually burns hotter than old furniture ... that’s why it’s important for everyone to have a good working smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector and know two ways out.”

The National Fire Protection Association reported that each year, nearly 3,000 Americans die from home fires, and carbon monoxide poisoning kills approximately 450, according to the release. According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost three of every five home fire deaths were a result of fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Shweta Karikehalli, staff writer, can be reached at skarikehalli@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7221. Follow her @DS_ShwetaK on Twitter.

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