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sparky_essayOctober is National Fire Safety Month!
Fire Prevention personnel visit all local public and private schools each year to promote fire safety to our children. The department sponsors a coloring contest open to all first grade students and an essay contest open to all fifth grade students in conjunction with national Fire Safety month in October. The department has received a new, innovative Fire Safety House to also assist in promoting fire safety.

The Rock Hill Fire Department celebrates Fire Prevention Week with a variety of activities designed to educate parents and kids about ways to prevent fires. Safety demonstrations and tours of the fire station get everyone involved and help explain the importance of fire safety.

Fire Prevention staff visit each first, third-and-fifth grade class in the 18 Rock Hill elementary schools beginning in early September. The students learn how to be safe in their homes by seeing the different ways a fire could start in the interactive Sparky’s Fire Safety House, and then receive information about entering the coloring and essay contests.

color_webAll the first grade classes participate in a coloring contest, while fifth grade students write essays about a designated fire safety topic. Entries for both contests are judged, and there is a grand prize winner for each contest. All entries for the contests are submitted to the teacher and picked up by RHFD staff for delivery to the judges. Judges then determine a first place winner from each school, and from these, a grand prize winner is chosen. The first place winners from each school in the essay contest receive $25 with a grand prize of $100, while the coloring contest first place winners each receive a “goody” bag of fire related safety items with the grand prize winner receiving $50.

Even though Fire Prevention Week is in October, any time is a great time to schedule a tour of a fire station. All area day cares, churches, and schools are encouraged to call the main station at 803-329-7220 to schedule a tour. If your group cannot come to a station, the RHFD can bring a fire truck to your organization. For more information about fire safety and Fire Prevention Week activities, or to schedule a tour, call the Headquarters Station at 803-329-7220 Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 5 PM.