Fire Prevention Month in the Model City

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Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr., 1946

Not only is October American Archives and Tennessee Month, it is also Fire Prevention Month.

The National Fire Protection Association theme this year is “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned!”

This year’s campaign focuses on ways to keep homes fire safe and prevent painful burns. Additionally, fire safety educators will be teaching local residents how to plan and practice escape from a home in case a fire occurs.

Central Fire Station, 709 Watauga Street. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr., 1946
Central Fire Station, 709 Watauga Street. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr., 1946

By following simple safety rules, you can “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.”

*  Keep hot foods and liquids away from tables and counter edges so they cannot be pulled or knocked over.
*  Have a 3-foot “kid-free” zone around the stove.
*  Never hold a child in your arms while preparing hot food or drinking a hot beverage.
*  Be careful when using things that get hot such as curling irons, oven, irons, lamps, heaters.
*  Install tamper-resistant receptacles to prevent a child from sticking an object in the outlet.
*  Never leave a child alone in a room with a lit candle, portable heater, lit fireplace or stove, or where a hot appliance might be in use.
*  Wear short or close-fitting sleeves when cooking.
*  Set your hot water temperature no higher than 120 degrees.
*  Install anti-scald valves on shower heads and faucets.
*  Insist on home fire sprinklers for your family’s safety.

 	The fire department working on the Kingsport Grocery Company fire in March 1938.
The fire department working on the Kingsport Grocery Company fire in March 1938.

“Kingsport’s Fire Prevention efforts have brought a safer lifestyle to our citizens. It has been 2 ½ years since we’ve had a fire death in Kingsport. That is almost unheard of in a city our size. The outstanding response of our engine crews, Fire and Life Safety Education in our elementary schools and with the public, utilization of our municipal television channel, cooperation with the local media, and inspection and enforcement, has combined to make Kingsport a much safer city. The soon opening of our new stations in Rock Springs and on Stone Drive will further enhance our capabilities to respond and protect our citizens in fire, medical and other emergencies.” – Kingsport Fire Chief Craig Dye

Group photo of firefighters from the Kingsport Fire Department, Station No. 2. Photo by Tjhomas McNeer, Jr., 1946
Group photo of firefighters from the Kingsport Fire Department, Station No. 2. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr., 1946

For more information on Fire Prevention Month in Kingsport please visit http://www.kingsporttn.gov/october-kingsport-fire-prevention-month or visit the National Fire Protection Association.

 	A group of children, fire fighters, and other adults pose in front of a fire truck, 1954. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr.
A group of children, fire fighters, and other adults pose in front of a fire truck, 1954. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr.

For more information on the history of the Kingsport Fire Department please visit the archives or the archives online image gallery.

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