Lowcountry Firefighters head back to the classroom

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - Firefighters around the area are busy getting the message out about fire safety. As part of National Fire Prevention Month, Beaufort-Port Royal Firefighters are back at Mossy Oaks Elementary School, teaching kindergartners how to stop, drop, and roll.

Firefighters say by teaching young children about the dangers of fire, they're hoping they will spread the message to their family and friends, helping them to prevent the number one cause of residential fires which is kitchen fires.

"We talk with their kindergartners about tools, toys and the kitchen being a workspace and not to play in the kitchen," said John Robinson. "We send home homework to remind parents that they need to pay attention in the kitchen and not to be distracted. Hopefully, we can avoid a fire in a residence."

Firefighters say they also want to remind families to have a fire escape plan and to make sure smoke detectors are working. Fire Prevention Month came about after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which burned for two days and killed hundreds of people.

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