Nevada City students learn about fire safety |

Nevada City students learn about fire safety

Thanks to an award-winning display by SPD Markets, the Nevada City Fire Department will be able to teach school children about fire danger.

Firefighters will be visiting Nevada City Elementary, Gold Run, Deer Creek and Seven Hills schools next week as part of National Fire Prevention Week.

The visits are being financed by a $1,000 prize won by SPD in a national competition to create displays that promote fire safety. The contest was sponsored by IGAInc., a national alliance of over 1,700 independent grocery stores.

David Painter, vice president of SPD, said the Nevada City store was one of three winners nationally. The contest was held in the spring, and the winners were notified recently.

Nevada City Fire Chief Sam Goodspeed said the grant will enable firefighters to reach one of the most vulnerable segments of the population.

According to SafeUSA, fire and burn-related injuries are the third leading cause of injury and death among children younger than 10. Almost 3,000 Americans die in fires annually.

– George Boardman

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