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The Quincy Fire Department kicks of Fire Prevention Week with safety demonstrations

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

If your house caught on fire would your children know what to do?

The Quincy fire department wants to make sure they do.

That's why they kicked off National Fire Prevention Week with an event showing fire safety demonstrations to kids Saturday morning. 

Christina Wolgamot brought her daughter JoJo to the Quincy fire department's kick of fire prevention week, so her daughter would know what to do their home caught on fire.

"Teach her about getting out of her room and just getting out of the house or finding mom and dad and we have fire alarms throughout the house," said Wolgamot.

"We teach the kids especially with the fire safety house when they touch the door how to check the door with the back of their hand and when they touch the door and it's warm they know they can't open the door so they have to have that second way out," said Quincy Firefighter Jerry Smith.   

Quincy Firefighter Jerry Smith said another important lesson they are trying to teach kids is that firefighters are there to help them and they shouldn't be afraid of them.

"We like to dress up in our gear and air packs and our face pieces so they know it is still us underneath all that stuff so they are not scared and they don't hide from us and again giving us a positive image with the kids," said Smith.  

Wolgamot agrees and she hopes her daughter learned that lesson Saturday.

"A lot of times the people that are there to help you get a bad wrap so we want her to learn that the people that are there to help you are there to help you and that she can go to a fireman or police officer and get help," said Wolgamot. 

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