Antigo Fire Department teaches kids fire safety Submitted: 10/11/2018
Erin Beu
Erin Beu

 Antigo Fire Department teaches kids fire safety
ANTIGO - People can do a lot to prepare their child to stay at home alone for the first time, but putting out a fire isn't something many people can practice.

Thursday, the Antigo Fire Department stepped up to offer that hands-on training for about 200 third-graders.

One of those third-graders was Crestwood Elementary's Tristan Dieck.

He said he learned a lot at Antigo's Fire Department's Open House.

"One thing that you really should know is to never use water on a grease fire," said Dieck.

Once a month, the fire department goes to Crestwood Elementary to teach third-graders about general fire safety. 

Acting Lieutenant Corey Smith says every October the fire department goes even further. They invite Antigo third-graders to come to the station to get a more hands-on experience in learning those basics.

"Public education is even more important now than it has been in the past," said Smith.

In addition to the dangers of a dry Christmas tree, the students also learned about kitchen fires and how to use a fire extinguisher.

Smith says they do the open house every year because the information might save one of the students' lives one day.

"It makes me feel pretty proud that our department does stuff like this," said Smith.

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