Preparation the focus on Fire Prevention Week

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - This year's theme of Fire Prevention Week was "Not every hero wears a cape". The message was simple: teach children that they do not need to be a superhero to help out and keep people safe in a fire.

Fire Prevention Week aims to educate through tips on preparation

Emphasizing points such as testing smoke detectors once a month, replacing them when they get old, making sure each room in a house or building has two unobstructed exits, the goal is purely to educate.

The Kearney Volunteer Fire Department spent the entire week going to Kearney Schools to teach kids about the importance of being prepared in case a fire breaks out.

Often times children may retain the information and go home and serve as a driving force in making sure their parents stay on top of preparation.

"We've found that if we educate our kids in the community, the kids are a driving force in making sure it happens," Terry Eirich, KVFD Fire Inspector, said. "They take it home to mom and dad and make sure they hound them until they do the things they're supposed to to keep everybody safe."