Onalaska, WISCONSIN (WXOW) – Third graders in Onalaska learned first hand what it is like to wake up to a fire in a home.
In honor of National Fire Prevention week, the Onalaska Fire Department traveled to different schools in the city with the Fort McCoy Fire Safety House. The trailer is a replica of a two bedroom home.
With students inside the home, firefighters pretended to start a fire in the kitchen. Fire alarms were activated and fake smoke was set off. It was then up to the students to evacuate the home quickly and safely.
The fire department said the demonstration helps kids realize how dangerous a fire situation can be. It allows them to practice exiting a home safely.
Thursday, firefighters stressed the importance of sleeping with your door closed at night. They say if a fire were to start in your home, having your door closed will keep the smoke out. Firefighters also are reminding parents to go over a fire evacuation plan with kids, so they are better prepared if a fire does happen.
National Fire Prevention week officially starts Sunday, October 6-12.
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