Tuesday, January 22, 2013

UIS students pass out fire prevention pamphlets

University of Illinois Springfield students used their day out of school to benefit the community.

"It's very important to have civic engagement and we are the future so it's good to have our names out there," UIS freshman Robyn Crutchfield said.

Crutchfield and 39 other students walked around east Springfield, passing out information on fire safety.

"If something happens, they know what to do so it doesn't go too bad," Crutchfield said.

The American Red Cross said one of the areas most affected by house fires is the east side of Springfield.

"We actually passed a burned down house a few blocks back and it was very sad," UIS senior Gretchen Addis said.

 The students walked between Ash Street and Martin Luther King Drive, hoping the door tags would make someone think about changing their smoke detector's batteries.

The story was featured by WICS-TV 20 on January 21, 2013.

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