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Fire safety is highlighted at Townsend Street School

Fire safety at TownsendStudents at Townsend Street School had an exciting morning on October 4 thanks to a visit from the Milwaukee Fire Department. Fire fighters stopped by so children could learn about fire safety and tour the mobile Survive Alive House. Students heard about this year's theme, Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety, which helps children remember that a chirping sound means to change the battery in a smoke alarm, while a loud beeping means to get out of the house.

Having a safety plan and knowing how to escape a burning house are critical steps to survive a fire. MPS students were part of the city’s Fire Prevention Week, a national event that runs October 3 to 9 this year. Activities are promoted to make homes safer and help families prepare for emergencies.

At Townsend Street School, students had the chance to hear smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, engage with fire fighters, and ask questions. The Milwaukee Fire Department also held a poster contest, with student artwork being displayed on billboards this month. Congratulations to Dyani, a 5th-grader at Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School, the poster contest grand prize winner!

Fire prevention week Poster winner


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More information about fire safety for children and families is available on the Survive Alive Milwaukee website.

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