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Franklin Fire lines up giveaways, art contest for Fire Prevention Week

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The Franklin Fire Department is hosting a chalk art contest for artists of all ages for Fire Prevention Week. 

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore proclaimed this week Fire Prevention Week in Franklin, and in honor of the occasion, the Franklin Fire Department is hosting a chalk art contest for artists of all ages and also teamed up with the Williamson County Public Library for free giveaways for children throughout October.

Three winners in the chalk art contest will receive $100 Visa gift cards. To enter, simply use chalk or sidewalk paint to create outdoor art that illustrates the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” Take a picture and share it on the city of Franklin’s Facebook page with the hashtag #FranklinFire at www.facebook.com/cityoffranklin.

The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Winners will be announced the following week.

Free sidewalk chalk is available at the Williamson County Public Library while supplies last, courtesy of Atmos Energy.

For chalk art ideas and contest rules, visit www.franklintn.gov/FirePreventionWeek.

In addition to the chalk art contest, the fire department is giving out free plastic fire helmets, Sparky the Fire Dog story books, coloring books and crayons, and more at the Williamson County Public Library’s children’s department. 

Franklin’s Fire Prevention Week celebration coincides with the national campaign, which is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association. This year’s theme is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” It seeks to help everyone understand what different smoke and carbon monoxide alarm sounds mean and how to properly respond when you hear them.

The franklin fire department offers these tips to help learn the sounds of fire safety:

• A continuous set of three loud beeps means smoke or fire. Get out, call 911 and stay out.

• A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.

• All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.

• Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.

• Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

For more information and for more Fire Prevention Week activities, including virtual tours of Franklin Fire apparatus and fire stations, visit www.franklintn.gov/firepreventionweek.

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