John Mills Students Get Lessons in Fire Safety from EPFD

EPFD firefighters extinguish a controlled blaze at John Mills School.

Elmwood Park firefighters extinguish a blaze that was created in a burn box Oct. 7 as part of a Fire Prevention Week safety demonstration for John Mills Elementary School students. (D401 photo by Dave Porreca)


Students saw for themselves just how quickly a fire can spread when members of the Elmwood Park Fire Department conducted a burn box demonstration outside John Mills School as part of Fire Prevention Week 2021.

The demonstration took place on Thursday, Oct. 7, when EPFD members visited the school to give students lessons on fire safety.

The firefighters presented grade-level assemblies and then capped off the day by conducting the burn box demo in the afternoon for the entire school.

The theme of this year's Fire Prevention Week is "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety," and in keeping with that EPFD members focused on the importance of smoke alarms.

The firefighters stressed that knowing what to do when an alarm sounds is crucial to keeping family members safe. When a smoke alarm goes off, they told the students, action must be taken immediately. A continued set of three loud beeps — beep, beep, beep — means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1 and stay out.

On the other hand, a single “chirp” every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed. All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.

In the afternoon, when all students went outside to watch the burn box demonstration, EPFD members started a small fire within a metal storage container filled with furniture and other ordinary household items.

Within a few minutes, the container was filled with orange flames and black smoke. The firefighters just as quickly extinguished the blaze, but the lesson was clear to everyone: In a genuine fire emergency, there's no time to wonder what to do, so having a plan is essential.

Thank you, EPFD, for visiting John Mills and sharing the lessons of Fire Prevention Week!


Photos from Burn Box Demonstration


The following photos were taken on Thursday, Oct. 7, as members of the Elmwood Park Fire Department conducted a burn box demonstration outside John Mills School. Click images for a larger view. All photos are by District 401 web/media specialist Dave Porreca.


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John Mills burn box demo


John Mills burn box demo


John Mills burn box demo


John Mills burn box demo


John Mills burn box demo


John Mills burn box demo


John Mills burn box demo


John Mills burn box demo


John Mills burn box demo


John Mills burn box demo


John Mills burn box demo


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