Mount Prospect Fire Dept. creates 'library boxes' to spread the word on safety

  • The Mount Prospect Fire Department has created Fire Prevention Library Boxes filled with books and free materials in front of all three of its fire stations.

    The Mount Prospect Fire Department has created Fire Prevention Library Boxes filled with books and free materials in front of all three of its fire stations. Courtesy of Mount Prospect Fire Department

 
 
Posted6/17/2021 10:05 AM

The Mount Prospect Fire Department has launched a new initiative combining fire safety education with the tradition of summer reading.

The department's new Fire Prevention Library Boxes, located outside all three fire stations, are filled with fire safety information, coloring books, bookmarks and other free items, as well as books that can be taken home, read and returned.

 

"We recognize the importance of combining fire safety education with the benefits of reading," Fire Chief John Dolan said in an announcement of the new program.

"My interest in the fire service started as a child reading the book 'The Monster at the End of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover' by Jon Stone. It taught me to always keep turning the page. Books are a wonderful way for adults and children alike to explore and learn."

The boxes are in front of Station 12 at 1601 W. Golf Road, Station 13 at 111 E. Rand Road, and Station 14 at 2000 Kensington Road.

Department officials also are reminding the public this summer to keep checking that smoke alarms are working.

More information can be found by searching under Mount Prospect Fire Department on Facebook and YouTube, visiting mountprospect.org or calling (847) 870-5650.

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