Prosper celebrates fire safety week with red lights, fire safety reminders

By Aubrey Turner
For the Prosper Press
Prosper's Central Fire Station, on East 1st Street, looks a bit different following the installation of new bay doors last year. While the town celebrates the department by “lighting up red” for the entire month, this week is dedicated to educating residents about fire safety.

Prosper’s Fire Department provided Fire Safety and Prevention tips as part of the National Fire Safety Week on Oct. 3-9.  While the town celebrates the department by “lighting up red” for the entire month, this week is dedicated to educating residents about fire safety. 

The main focus of education during this campaign was the “sounds of fire safety.”  Information was provided about smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors.  Access to the national webpage was also provided for residents. 

Smoke detectors alarm residents about the presence of smoke in the room.  Because smoke inhalation can injure quickly, it is recommended that each bedroom have a smoke detector.  Additionally, it is important to check the batteries of the detectors often and change them twice a year.  According to the information provided,  it is important to respond quickly when the alarm indicates the battery needs replaced. 

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas. 

According to the information provided to residents, the gas “can render you unconscious before you even realize something is happening to you.  Without vital oxygen, you are at risk of death from carbon monoxide poisoning in a short time.” 

If your alarm goes off, leave the house, and call 911 for assistance.   

Prosper Town staff also provided a link to the national webpage that offers a variety of additional information. 

According to the page, “fire safety education is not just for school children.  Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of fire.”   

Additionally, the website provides lesson plans, activities, videos, games, videos, and printable materials.  This website partners with Fire Departments and business sponsors to provide free information for the community.  

Fire Safety Week began in 1922, when it was sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association.  In 1925, President Calvin Coolige proclaimed the week a national observance.  The week is specifically chosen to include October 9th, in remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.  This tragedy killed more than 250 people and left over 100,000 homeless.  Fire Prevention week is the longest-running public health observance in the United States.