Fire Prevention Week comes days after boy's death in Milwaukee fire

CREATED Oct 8, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 8, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Fire Prevention Week has kicked off.

The effort comes on the heels of a deadly fire where a seven-year-old boy from Milwaukee's north side died.

Firefighters have begun going door-to-door on Monday, handing out smoke detectors, while young students learn fire safety at the "Survive Alive" house.

Second graders from MPS' Greenfield Bilingual school took time Monday morning to learn what to do in the case of a fire.

"It's something we try very, very hard not to have happen, but inevitably, it does," said Chris Gaulthier, the director of the Survive Alive House, about the seven-year-old's death.

"It's always real tough for us to have to deal with that," he told TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.

At "Survive Alive," Gaulthier says he focuses on teaching kids to slow their thinking, and follow a logical progression of events.

"If they can remember most of the things, they're going to get out OK."