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Monroe City Fire Chief Rich Enochs helps Cora Adams spray water from the hose attached to the Rescue 1 truck.

The Monroe City Fire Department (M.C.F.D.) celebrated Fire Prevention Week with a bon fire and hayride at South Lake on Saturday evening, October 9. Fire Chief Rich Enochs stated, “This year’s theme is Checking Your Smoke Detector. The fire marshal advised that 60 percent of all fire related deaths are because of smoke detectors not working. Smoke detectors all have a manufacturing date and should be replaced a minimum of seven years and a maximum of 10 years. If we had a fire at 3 a.m. who’s going to wake us up and keep us safe if our smoke detectors aren’t working properly. You should have a smoke detector in every bedroom and on every floor of your house.”

Families and friends gathered together for an evening of outdoor fall fun to enjoy the hayride and bon fire. The M.C.F.D. and volunteers were present to create an inviting atmosphere for all ages.

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Pre-school students learn to Stop, Drop and Roll during Fire Prevention Week. Students were able to take pictures with the firemen and spray water from the hoses.

Enochs stated, “We had a wonderful turnout with parents and grandparents and kids. It was a really great time.”

People were seen enjoying the bon fire, as they set around in lawn chairs, snacking on hot dogs and s’mores, provided by the M.C.F.D.

Previously, during the week the M.C.F.D. visited both Holy Rosary students and Monroe City R-1 students. Here the firefighters educated the students on fire safety, demonstrated their fire equipment and answered questions. Students also enjoyed seeing the fire truck and how it operates.

As a reminder, the end of Daylight Saving Time will happen at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7.  Clocks are adjusted to “fall back” an hour, and can serve as an easy reminder to change smoke and CO alarm batteries each year. Remember, when you change the time, change the batteries. Always have properly installed and maintained smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.