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Vail Fire Sponsors Open House Oct. 5 to Celebrate National Fire Prevention Week

  • 4 October 2019
Vail Fire Sponsors Open House Oct. 5 to Celebrate National Fire Prevention Week
Vail Fire and Emergency Services is inviting community members to stop by the West Vail Fire Station, 2399 N. Frontage Road, for an open house from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 The family-friendly event will include activities for guests of all ages including station tours, equipment displays and a kids’ obstacle course in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week. Activities will also include fire safety information on smoke alarms, exit drills and carbon monoxide alarms presented by the Fire Prevention Division. Free hot dogs and chips will be served as well.

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6-12 and this year’s theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape - Plan and Practice your Escape.” The national campaign encourages everyone to create a home escape plan and practice it. According to Fire Chief Mark Novak, “planning and practicing a home escape route is important since you typically have only one to two minutes to escape from a fire in the home.” The open house at the West Vail Fire Station and related school visits by representatives from Vail Fire will educate students on the importance of drawing a map of their home and practicing fire drills with family members. During the sessions, firefighters will be teaching children about closing doors to slow the spread of smoke, flames and heat. Students will also learn about staying outside of a building and not going back inside to retrieve belongings.

Eagle River Fire Protection District will be joining in the Fire Prevention Week recognition on Saturday, Oct. 12 with an open house at Station 12 in Edwards as well as school visits. For additional details, visit eagleriverfire.org.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 blaze that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on Oct. 8 and continued into and did most of its damage on Oct. 9, 1871.

For more information, contact Chief Mark Novak at 970-477-3474 or email mnovak@vailgov.com.

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