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Brook Hill students help firefighters before fire prevention week

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BULLARD (KYTX) -  As we get ready for temperatures to plummet this weekend, firefighters are hoping you'll keep safety in mind.

Fire Prevention Week begins Sunday, and firefighters are already spreading the word to East Texas families about ways to stay safe.

The biggest problems they refer to when it comes to fall and winter, are portable heaters. They cause lots of fires, so remember to always keep your heater at least three feet away from drapes, furniture or flammable materials. Don't keep it running while you sleep, and try not to use extension cords.

"Winter is definitely the busy season for structure fires," says Bullard Firefighter Mason King.

Now, right before that busy season King and his crew are spending some time teaching our little community members how to prevent fires.

"It's super important to get them educated young," King says. "Don't play with matches, and things that cause fires, is a big thing we're going to stress to kids."

In return, the kids at Brook Hill Lower School did something special.

"The entire school brought Gatorade for about two weeks, and we collected it in the mornings," student Liam Kennedy says.

It was an idea dreamt up and carried out by Brook Hill's First Lego League.

"It's just really cool to help firefighters," League member Mia Fair says. "If your house catches on fire they go and put it out, or if you get in a wreck they come to help."

League member Brady Hollen says, "After a fire they're probably thirsty and hot and stuff and they could use some water and Gatorade."

Even though hydration keeps firefighters safe on the job, there is not always water available while they're working.

"It happens!" King says. "We've been out on incidents especially your big wildfires where there's just nothing to drink. You drink out of your fire hose or whatever."

So the gesture from local students is one that is beyond appreciated.

"Its so nice to see young kids like that getting involved and wanting to help us out. It just means a lot to us. it really does," King says.

That interaction with the kids makes it easier for firefighters to teach them fire safety and prevention through the years.

Bring up fire safety with your kids often, especially during weather changes.  This could prevent tons of wildfires during the hot dry summer, and structure fires during the cold fall and winter. 

Another piece of advice for parents: change the batteries in your smoke detector twice a year. An easy way to remember is to do it every time you change your clocks for daylight saving time.


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