Waukesha Fire Department Open House this Weekend at Station #2

In recognition of national fire prevention week, the City of Waukesha Fire Department is holding an open house at Station #2 this Saturday, October 13th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Everyone is invited as Waukesha Firefighters provide tours of the newest fire station located at 1714 Pearl St., on Waukesha’s east side. Fire fighting equipment will be on display, and firefighters will be providing safety tips for children and adults.

Although the official open house is being held at Station #2 this year, the public is welcome to stop by any of the five Waukesha Fire Departments located around Waukesha and ask if someone is available to provide a tour there.

 

Sparky the Fire Prevention DogNational Fire Prevention Week 2012

This year National Fire Prevention Week in be recognized from October 7 – 13th.

Attention is focused on promoting fire safety and prevention; however everyone should practice fire safety all year long.  Potential fire hazards go undetected because people do not take necessary steps to fireproof their home.

 

Teach Kids Fire Safety Tips

Now is the ideal time to talk to kids and teach them how to avoid fires and protect themselves should a fire occur.

  • Teach them that matches, lighters and candles are tools, not toys.
  • Check under beds and in closets for telltale signs that your child may playing with fire (burned matches or paper).
  • Store matches and lighters in a secure drawer or cabinet.
  • Always let an adult know if there is any kind of smoke or fire in your house.
  • In the event of a fire have a fire escape plan to get out fast.

 

Fire Escape Plan

A fire escape plan includes instructions for everyone to get out of the house as quickly as possible.  This plan could include a map of the house with well marked windows and doors upon which to use as an escape route.

 

A Meeting Place

All plans should include a designated place to meet, such as the mailbox, a tree, or even a light pole.  A meeting place is important so that you won’t think someone is still in the house.

 

Practice the Escape Plan

During an actual fire with smoke, fire, and smoke alarms, it is very easy for people, especially children, to get confused about how to escape. Practicing home fire escape drills can help to make sure that everyone knows their route and is prepared to escape in the event of a fire.

 

For more information and tips on fire prevention and awareness, please visit the National Fire Protection Association website: NFPA

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