This is National Fire Prevention Week a week set aside to honor our firefighters and review fire safety procedures.
Sponsored annually by the National Fire Protection Association, this years theme is Have 2 Ways Out, focusing on the need to have an escape route in place as well as an alternate route in case the first route is blocked by smoke or flames during a fire.
The week that contains Oct. 9 is set aside annually in the United States to observe fire prevention week. Whats significant about Oct. 9? That date is the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire.
Also in October we observe Fallen Firefighters Weekend and National Firefighters Appreciation month.
If this seems like a lot of attention being paid to firefighters, it is because they deserve our praise and gratitude for all of their selfless acts.
In Columbiana County, most of our firefighters are volunteers, which means they get paid very little or nothing for responding to citizens emergencies. Most of them have other jobs, but they drop what they are doing without question every time the alarm summons them.
If you havent thanked a firefighter lately, this month would be a good time to do so. We applaud all of the efforts of firefighters and pray that they are kept safe during their efforts to protect our lives and property.