During October, for National Fire Prevention month, the North Plainfield Fire Department conducted many fire prevention and education visits to our local schools. This year’s theme is, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” We explained the meaning of this theme to these young students and provided them with a wide array of educational lessons about fire safety awareness. In addition to conducting those school visits, we also hosted a number of visits at the fire station, so the children could get a first-hand look at where we work and how the station operates. Both the school and firehouse visits allow us to have a unique one-on-one interaction with the children that they always seem to appreciate. Some topics covered were “stop, drop and roll”, identifying a smoke detector, how it works, what the alarm sound means, what to do when you hear the alarm and how to safely exit your home.
October also kicked-off our annual smoke detector battery replacement program. Traditionally this program has been for our senior citizens, but it is open to all residents who live within our great community. During this month and through November, we schedule visits to these homes to assist in replacing the smoke detector batteries. If necessary, we will also install or replace the smoke detector itself. This program has been offered for decades and any North Plainfield family or resident in need of this type of assistance can contact fire headquarters to arrange for a visit by calling us at 908-769-2935.