Fire Prevention Week activities in Coon Rapids

The Coon Rapids Fire Department will be marking 2012 Fire Prevention Week Oct. 7-13 with programs in the schools and open houses at the city’s three fire stations.

Presentations in Coon Rapids elementary schools will take place Oct. 8 through 12 with open houses at the fire stations Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to noon.

The elementary school visit schedule has a group of firefighters at Cross of Christ Oct. 8, Epiphany and Eisenhower Oct. 9, Hamilton and Morris Bye Oct. 10, Sand Creek and Adams Oct. 11 and Hoover and Mississippi Oct. 12.

Firefighters will present fire safety information to the students in a fun, creative way. The program reaches nearly 3,000 students in kindergarten through fifth-grade.

The open houses Oct. 13 will include station tours, fire apparatus on show and cookies and juice at all three stations.

There will also be specific activities at the individual stations.

• Station 1, 1460 Egret Blvd., Yo Yo Master Dazzling Dave from 10 to 11 a.m.

• Station 2, 1199 121st Ave. N.W., DJ Matt Perkins Dance Club and kitchen fire demonstration.

• Station 3, 2831 113th Ave. N.W., sprinkler system demonstration.

The fire department is also partnering with Domino’s Pizza in Blaine to promote fire safety during Fire Prevention Week.

Anyone who orders a pizza on Sunday, Oct. 7 or Thursday, Oct. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m., may be randomly selected and surprised at the door by a crew of Coon Rapids firefighters.

Firefighters will be checking to see if the homeowner’s fire alarms are working in the home.

If the alarms are in working order, the pizza will be free. If the alarms are not working, firefighters will replace the batteries or install a fully functioning alarm.

“Fire Prevention Week is a great time of year to change the batteries in your smoke alarms,” said Coon Rapids Fire Marshal Todd Williams.

“Functioning smoke alarms save lives, but many people forget to maintain the batteries.

“We are excited to be working with Domino’s Pizza to promote good fire safety precautions by rewarding residents who have working smoke alarms with a free, delicious pizza.”

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced the 2012 Fire Prevention Week theme as “Have Two Ways Out!” to encourage families across the country to prioritize fire escape planning and practice.

The NFPA is leading the campaign to have a home fire escape plan that prepares families to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds.

If one exit is blocked by smoke, it’s imperative to plan for another escape outlet, according to Jim Shannon, president of NFPA.

“We are excited for this year’s theme because it is simple and to the point — always plan for two ways out of your home,” Shannon said.

“You never know which direction a fire will come from and being prepared can save the lives of you and your loved ones.”

To coincide with this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, NFPA gives practical fire safety tips to families:

• Make a map of your home; mark a door and window that can be used to get out of every room.

• Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home.

• Have a grown-up sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan.

• Practice your escape plan twice a year.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

For more information on Coon Rapids Fire Department Fire Prevention Week activities call 763-767-6429.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com


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