Rescue Hose Co. will hold Fire Prevention Week open house

Shawn Hardy

The Rescue Hose Co. will mark Fire Prevention Week with its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 8 to 14, but the Rescue Hose Co. is planning education events throughout the month with local schools and preschools. In addition, fire company representatives will be at the Interstate 81 welcome center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13.

This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out” so families can escape from their home as quickly as possible, according to Keith Mowen, who is helping to organize the open house.

Visits will be able to tour the fire station at 842 S. Washington St. and the fire museum, view displays and receive information.

There will be fire truck rides on the antique Seagrave, a visit Life Net 81 medevac helicopter at 10:30 a.m. and a mock vehicle accident extrication demonstration at 12:30 p.m.

Activities also include a moon bounce, balloon artist and face painting; refreshments, including ice cream from Mikie’s; and blood pressure screenings.

Every Second Counts

The National Fire Protection Association, which has been the sponsor since Fire Prevention Week began in 1922, advises:

Draw a map of your home. Show all doors and windows.

Visit each room. Find two ways out.

Make sure all windows and doors open easily. You should be able to use them to get outside.

Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Push the test button to make sure each alarm is working.

Pick a meeting place outside. It should be in front of your home.

Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.

Talk about your plan with everyone in your home.

Practice your home fire drill.