National Fire Prevention week kicked off Oct. 3 and the Central Joint Fire-EMS District held several events to educate the public.
The theme for 2010 is Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With and in keeping with that theme local fire departments are passing out free smoke detectors to the residents they serve at their stations courtesy of the American Red Cross.
According to the state fire marshal, 150 Ohioans died in fires last year and more than 75 percent of those fatalities were in homes without working smoke alarms.
The CJFED had their education center on display at the Kroger on Bach-Buxton Road and the Batavia Township Community Center two days this week.
They also held open houses at their stations on Wednesday allowing residents to get a first hand look at their fire department and to see every part of the station.
The education center uses a smoke machine and smoke detectors to simulate a fire and teach children how to crawl under smoke to safety.
"The temperature at the ceiling in a house fire can be 300 to 400 degrees," Assistant Fire Chief Bob Evans said. "At the floor it will be a little cooler, but can still be around 100 degrees. Most of the toxins in the air will also be concentrated at the ceiling level."
Each year CJFED takes its education center to local elementary schools where around 300 students will be given the opportunity to experience the smoke filled room after a talk about fire safety.
The education center also has an upstairs portion with a mock bed room and an escape ladder hanging from a mock balcony to teach children how to escape from the higher floors of their home.