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The St. Charles Fire Department Open House is Oct. 19

Open House is Part of Fire Prevention Week™
This Year’s Theme: Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!™

The St. Charles Fire Department is hosting an open house at Fire Station #1, 112 N. Riverside Avenue on Saturday, October 19, from noon to 3 p.m. to commemorate Fire Prevention Week. The theme this year is: Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!

The members of the Fire Department encourage everyone to stop by the Open House, talk with the firefighters and take a tour of the fire station. Several exhibitions will be held throughout the day including: fire extinguisher demonstrations, special rescue operations and a live burn/sprinkler demonstration.  The purpose of the burn is to demonstrate how effective residential sprinklers can be in combating residential house fires. There will be activities for children and refreshments will be available.  Many informational displays will also be presented on department programs and general safety concerns.

The National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years. The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

NFPA statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day during 2012 to 2016.

“These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

While NFPA and the St. Charles Department are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location. “Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Chief Schelstreet. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.fpw.org.

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