Niagara Gazette — Ciszek says firefighters would rather never have to fight a fire if they could avoid it.
"But we're quite certain that's not gonna happen," he said. "So we're trying to address prevention with education and (Fire Prevention Week) is a way of bringing attention to the public about the importance of fire prevention."
While most of the keys to preventing fires, or getting out of them, are common sense, Ciszek said it's easy for people to forget them.
"It's like everything else," he said. "If you're not thinking (about fire prevention) or doing (fire safety drills), it goes by the wayside and people forget."
That's why Ciszek spends his time in the community, at block club meetings and senior citizen centers, preaching fire safety. Hornung, meanwhile, concentrates on the Cataract City schools.
If you can't or don't prevent a fire, Ciszek says early detection is the key survival. That's why he stresses that smoke detectors should be present on every floor of a home or business.
"The most common place for a fire to start is in the kitchen and it's amazing how fast (flames) can spread," Ciszek said.
Hornung, who has been teaching school kids for five years now, tells them most fire deaths occur in bedrooms. He also tells the kids to take what they've learned home, to their parents.
"(The students) come in and they are very attentive," Hornung said. "So I hope they received the message. Over 800 of those who were killed in fires last year were under the age or 15. I tell them, 'You have to keep your home, fire safe.' "