National Fire Prevention Week

New Hampton, IA – People tend to not think about fire safety until it affects their life. This week throughout the United States is Fire Prevention Week.

The New Hampton Fire Department puts on a coloring poster contest year for young students in New Hampton. Steve Geerts, New Hampton fire chief, says more about this fun competition.

Geerts has been the fire chief in New Hampton for over two decades. He says that the NHFD has 30 members and has eight vehicles they use for fires. The department is always looking to better their equipment, though.

Geerts says what he thinks people should have to keep their property safe from fires.

He also recommends that batteries in alarms get changed yearly, that there be a fire extinguisher in the house and that there is a gathering place for people to meet outside.

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