Buena Vista Fire Department preps for National Fire Prevention Month

Firefighters shared fire prevention tips in Buena Vista. (Photo: Courtney Wheaton) 

BUENA VISTA, Mich-- A house or apartment fire, it's something we all hope we never have to experience.

However, if it were to happen, you want to be prepared.

According to the National Fire Protection Association only 4 and 10 Americans know how to operate a fire extinguisher.

Fire fighters with the Buena Vista Fire Department put together a mock fire to show us how they work.

Just remember the acronym"PASS" which stands for pull, aim, squeeze and sweep.

When preventing fires you also want to make sure your fire detectors are in working order. According to a new survey only 25 percent of consumers are aware they should purchase a smoke detector every decade.

"Change your smoke detectors once a month and change your batteries twice a year. We recommend daylight savings times," said Firefighter BJ Weaver.

Firefighters in Buena Vista even have a program for local residents where they will buy and install smoke alarms for people unable to get one.

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