The Beckley Fire Department is doing its part to educate local children during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13.
Children under the age of 5 and adults 65 and older are at the highest risk for injury or death in a fire, the National Fire Prevention Association says.
However, the risk of a nonfatal fire injury is highest for those ages 20 to 49, indicating that fire safety education is important for everyone.
The purpose of Fire Prevention Week is to bring awareness to the risk of death and provide educational resources to the public. Fire departments across the country are participating this week by educating in schools.
“We have two stations in the City of Beckley and they will go to elementary schools throughout the city and do the same training,” said Beckley Fire Department Capt. Edward Wills.
“Pre-K and head start will take a field trip to the station and we try to get out in the community and talk to as many schools as we can during Fire Prevention Week,” Wills said.