South Orangetown Central School District

Thank you to the members of the Blauvelt, Orangeburg, Tappan and Sparkill-Palisades volunteer fire departments, who are visiting our elementary schools over the next two weeks as part of their annual fire prevention outreach program!

This year’s National Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10) theme is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.” With children spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, learning how to stay safe is more important than ever. Free resources are posted on the National Fire Protection Association website.

Firefighters shared practical tips about steering clear of matches and ovens, keeping electrical devices away from water and practicing their family fire emergency plans. They also suited up in firefighting gear to show students how rescuers may look and sound in the event of a fire.

Families are encouraged to reach out to their local fire departments if they need help with creating a fire emergency plan and every household should have a working smoke alarm. The Rockland County Health Department’s Healthy Neighborhoods Program can provide and install free smoke alarms to eligible residents, including seniors and low-to-modest income and at-risk families. For more information, call the Healthy Neighborhoods Program at (845) 364-3290 or (845) 364-3292.

Firefighters talk to student seated on ground