From October 6-12, fire departments across the nation will observe and promote Fire Prevention Week. First responders use this time to encourage awareness through education in the classroom and at home.
Since 1927, the public has used the week of October 9th to remember the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. It was a tragedy that took the lives of more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.
In Mishawaka, fire fighters will visit multiple classrooms and encourage residents to check smoke detectors, plan an escape route and use common sense when dealing with kitchen fires.
For information on how to obtain a smoke detector, call your local fire department.