The National Fire Protection Association is teaming up with State Farm to disperse fire prevention toolkits to 300 departments across the county. The Conway Fire Department was among the select departments to receive the toolkits.

The NFPA is helping fire departments across the U.S. gear up for national Fire Prevention Week, which kicks off Oct. 6.

Fire Prevention Week is an annual public awareness campaign that promotes critical thinking and fire safety. The NFPA has sponsored the campaign for more than 90 years.

Toolkits dispersed by the NFPA and State Farm include brochures, magnets, posters and other fire prevention education materials so that fire departments across the state can hand the visit schools and other community events with prevention materials in tow.

CFD Cpt. Phillip Short said Conway firefighters take fire prevention seriously and spend the entire month of October visiting elementary schools to teach fire safety tips.

“We use the month of October as Fire Prevention Month. We go to every elementary school in the city of Conway and take the smokehouse and the puppets,” he said, adding that the puppets are used to put on a show for all kindergarten and first-grade students.

With help from Centennial Bank, the CFD is able to provide each elementary student with a fire safety activity book as well as a fire safety-themed pencil.

The activity book showcases the tips and information highlighted in the CFD’s local fire safety campaign, which “drives home the same information,” Short said.

The Fire Prevention Week toolkit’s provided by the NFPA and State Farm will go a long way when it’s time to gear up for the county fair, Short said.

The toolkits feature this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”

“Actively supporting local fire departments is important to us at State Farm,” State Farm Agent Larry Herndon said after stopping by the Conway Fire Department to drop off a fire safety toolkit. “We’re thrilled to team up with NFPA and deliver Fire Prevention Week toolkits. I want our local department to have the best resources to deliver its fire safety messages in our community.”

NFPA representatives recommend families develop and then practice a home escape plan in the event they should fall victim to a house fire.

“In a typical home fire, people have as little as two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds,” NFPA officials said. “Knowing you to use that time wisely is critical.”

To create a home escape plane, families should:

Draw a map of their home showing all doors and windows. Find two ways out of all rooms. Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working properly. Discuss the plan with everyone in the home. Practice the drill regularly – at least twice each year.

To learn more about Fire Prevention Week, visit www. fpw.org.