We are on the doorstep of a big week for the Windom Fire Department and the community as a whole - Fire Prevention Week. The big week starts Monday and runs through Oct. 13. Since the first such event, proclaimed by President Calvin Coolidge in 1925, Fire Prevention Week has helped countless Americans learn about such things as smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and escape routes. Windom firefighters kick off the week by visiting the classrooms of 3rd and 4th grade students and hosting tours for younger elementary students and pre-schoolers. On Wednesday (Oct. 10) at 6:30 p.m., Windom will take part in Operation Edith, an emergency exit drill for local residents. "The theme for Fire Prevention Week is to plan for two ways out," Windom Fire Chief Dan Ortmann told me earlier this week. "As people practice this drill, we encourage them to plan a second escape route and a central meeting place." The next big day of Fire Prevention Week, locally, is Oct. 13. Plans are for the Windom Fire Department to host an open house which will include tours of the fire hall and a closer look at fire trucks and live demonstrations on the use of fire extinguishers. Ortmann said a "must see" event at Saturday's open house will occur in a "kitchen burn trailer." We'll have much more on the open house in next week's Citizen.