Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the events to meet their local firefighters, learn how to reduce fire risks in their homes, and pick up free information handouts and children’s materials.
“While we work toward prevention every day, Fire Prevention Week is an especially great opportunity for our department to get out into the community to talk to our residents first-hand,” Fire Chief Glenn Schlesser says. “This is also a great time to check your home’s smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and make sure your family is well versed in an escape plan in case of emergency.”
The SLFD Fire Prevention Week events for this year include:
- Monday, Oct. 9 – Storm Lake Elementary. The fire department will be visiting classes from 9 a.m.-noon.
- Monday, Oct. 9 – WalMart parking lot. The fire department will be on hand 5-9 p.m. to meet the public, and children will be able to tour the fire simulation education unit that the department obtained this year.
- Wednesday, Oct. 11 – East Early Education Center. The department will meet with preschool students at 10 a.m. for a presentation with a fire truck visit.
- Thursday, Oct. 12 – Storm Lake Farmer’s Market. The SLFD will be on hand to visit with the public, 4-6 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 14 – Storm Lake Public Library. Everyone is welcome to come and learn about firefighting and fire safety, 10 a.m.-noon.
National Fire Prevention Week has been taking place for nearly a century, helping people to prevent tragedies in the home and workplace. This year’s theme is aimed at the kitchen, where many fires originate: “Cooking safety starts with you – pay attention to prevention!”
Also, mark your calendars for an upcoming Storm Lake Fire Department Open House, October 21, noon-4 p.m. There will be station tours, fire vehicles and equipment to explore, and free prevention materials. The Fire Safety Education Simulator will be in action, plus a burn trailer demonstration, Jaws of Life demonstration, and a landing by a medical helicopter (conditions allowing.)