Fire prevention week announced


“Have Two Ways Out!” is the theme this year for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13, hosted by the Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services Department.

Firefighters will be visiting area schools and day cares during the week to speak with children and educate them on fire safety and prevention.

Events include:

• Fire Life/Safety Day — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center — This is the fire department’s annual fun-filled event that is free and open to people of all ages. Activities will include games, entertainment, music, giveaways, fire safety handouts and fire safety demonstrations. The goal is for residents to learn more about the importance of fire escape planning and practice and the power of prevention through the educational, family-oriented activities.

• Open House — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Fire Station No. 1 — The community is invited to attend this free, informative event. Firefighters will be on hand to answer questions, conduct fire station tours and demonstrate the use of the department’s tools and equipment. People may have their photos taken with Sparky the Dog and participate in fire extinguisher demonstrations and CPR training. Firefighters will demonstrate using the “Jaws of Life” as they would in a traffic accident if they needed to cut into a vehicle to free someone trapped inside. Residents can sign up to have a free smoke alarm installed in their home, request a free home survey or get their residential burning permit for the fall-winter season.

Fire Prevention Safety Week is an annual public awareness campaign hosted by fire departments across the nation. The event is held to familiarize children with what firefighters look like when they are dressed in their safety gear and to help them learn techniques to help keep them safe.

It also serves as a week for fire safety reminders for adults, such as updating fire escape plans and replacing smoke alarm batteries.