Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 5 through Oct. 9
Cocopah Emergency Manager Mike Fila spent Tuesday morning teaching more than a dozen Cocopah Head Start students about fire safety.
“It’s a great time for their parents to practice family fire skills,” said Fila.
Fila showed the students protective gear that firefighters wear when battling a fire. In addition, he taught them how to “stop, drop and roll” and to “stay low and go” in case they find themselves in a fire.
His lesson comes as the nation observes Fire Prevention week, which is recognized each year from Oct. 5 through Oct. 9.
“In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls,” according to the National Fire Prevention Association.
Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record, according to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center.
The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925, according to NFPA.