Standish students learned about fire safety during Fire Prevention Week last week. Students at the George E. Jack School observed fire safety week by attending a class with local firefighters and getting a tour of fire trucks.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 blaze that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

This year’s theme was “Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat.” From Oct. 8-14, firefighters spread the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home and teaching families and kids how to keep cooking fires from starting in the first place. The Standish firefighters also talked to the students about not returning to a burning building to save pets or toys.

Standish firefighters and emergency medical technicians who visited G. E. Jack School included Ben Haskell, Adam Royer, Andy Austin, Kevin Norris and Lieutenant Will Flanders.

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