Now’s a great time to be thinking fire prevention

Would you trust these guys to educate your children? (Hint: Yes!)

Q: Would you trust these guys to educate your children? See answer below. (Hint: Yes!)

October is Fire Prevention Month in Round Rock — and right now’s a great time to pay attention to that topic, with wildfires burning in Bastrop and Jarrell as we write this. The low humidity and dry fuel (aka brown grass and shrubs) are to blame.

While we haven’t had any wildfires in Round Rock, the Fire Department has been assisting our neighbors in Granger and Jarrell this week. The smoke from the Bastrop fires made its way to town Wednesday afternoon. If you’re worried about health impacts from wildfire smoke, we’ve posted information here.

Prepare yourself with some fast facts from the National Fire Protection Association. (Example: Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours. So make sure you can hear your smoke alarm from where you sleep!)

Life safety education made fun

Our Rock Solid Safety Team has been using humor and fun to teach school kids about fire safety for more than a decade. They’ll be at 19 schools over the next couple of months, teaching the students about “Staying Alive” with a disco theme.

And, yes, Lt. Mike Heard (aka Cisco, the disco cowboy) and Firefighter Josh Bonney (aka Disco Josh) are actually trained professionals who our kids love learning from.

And adults can learn, too!

Members of the City Council got an up close and personal lesson in what our firefighters face when the alarm goes off. The City Council Fire Academy on Oct. 6 was part of the Fire Department’s annual update to our elected decision makers.

Naturally, our cameras were there to capture the highlights, including some serious “cone killing” on the driving track.