October is National Fire Prevention Month, with Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 6-12, and area fire departments are hosting open houses with games, informational activities and more.
The theme from the National Fire Protection Association is, “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape.”
North Oakland County Fire Authority (NOCFA)
NOCFA’s open house is Sunday, Oct. 6, from 1-4 p.m. at 280 W. Rose Center Rd. in Holly.
Attractions include a helicopter landing by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad showing its equipment and a Jaws of Life demonstration.
Attendees can enjoy games and giveaways, learn how to use a fire extinguisher and go through the smokehouse.
Food and beverages will be free.
Lt. Scott Blaska, fire prevention officer, said they will have live fire demonstrations with candles and curtains around 2 and 3 p.m. In a glass room, Blaska will arrange to show how curtains can catch fire from candles left unattended.
A firefighter in full gear will put it out with a fire extinguisher.
Kids and adults will be able to see how important “stop, drop and roll” is, Blaska said, because the glass room allows them to see how the black smoke rises.
Going with the “not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape” theme, NOCFA will have information on the importance of having a fire escape plan, which involves families choosing a meeting place in the event of a fire.
Blaska said a common place to meet is the mailbox, but they’re discouraging that because it’s right by the road where emergency vehicles will park. Instead, a flagpole, a neighbor’s tree or a structure in the backyard would work better.
It’s also important to practice the emergency escape plan in the day and night.
“Fifty-four percent of all fatal house fires occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.,” Blaska said, adding that there’s an epidemic of adults between the ages of 50 and 60 smoking in bed and accidentally starting fires. “Smoking is still the leading cause of fatal house fires.”
The event will focus on properly putting out cigarettes to avoid fires and to sleep with your doors closed to prevent the spread of a fire.
Argentine Township Fire Department
The Argentine Fire Rescue Open House is Sunday, Oct. 6, from 12-4 p.m. at 9048 Silver Lake Rd. in Argentine Township.
Fire Chief Matt Lafferty said they’ll have a smokehouse and vehicles to “cut up” for a Jaws of Life demonstration. Free hot dogs and popcorn will be available, and firefighters will discuss fire safety with attendees.