Coon Rapids Fire Department hosting Oct. 12 open house

The Coon Rapids Fire Department will be marking Fire Prevention Week with open houses at all three fire stations and by presenting fire prevention programs at Coon Rapids elementary schools.

Fire Prevention Week takes place Oct. 6 through 12 and the open houses have been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to noon.

There will be activities at the three fire stations for children, including the opportunity to try on fire turnout gear, operate a fire hose and explore the inside of fire trucks.

In addition, fire prevention materials will be available and refreshments will be served.

CPR anytime training will take place at all three stations and tours of the stations will be offered.

As well, disc jockey Matt Perkins will be at Fire Station 1, 1460 Egret Blvd.; there will be an auto extrication demonstration at Fire Station 2, 1199 121st Ave. NW; and a cooking fire demonstration will take place at Fire Station 3, 2831 113th Ave. NW.

Firefighters will be visiting nine elementary schools the week of Oct. 6 to spread the message of fire safety to all the students.

They will be at Cross of Christ Lutheran School Monday morning Oct. 7, Epiphany School (morning) and Hoover Elementary School (afternoon) Tuesday, Oct. 8, Hamilton (morning) and Morris Bye (afternoon) elementary schools Wednesday, Oct. 9, Eisenhower (morning) and Adams (afternoon) elementary schools Thursday, Oct. 10 and Mississippi (morning) and Sand Creek (afternoon) elementary schools Friday, Oct. 11.

“Preventing kitchen fires” is the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the kitchen is the leading area of origin for home fires and most kitchen fires are caused by cooking.

On average, there are 3,000 reported kitchen fires per day in the United States, the association website states.

The association has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922 and it is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

The association’s website, www.nfpa.org, is the central portal for information and resources to help families, teachers, community leaders and fire officials spread the word about fire safety.

The site includes fire safety tip sheets, fire statistics, a family safety checklist, Sparky the Fire Dog activities for kids and public service announcement videos.

Videos on the site include “Sparky’s Kitchen Rules,” a fire safety song for kids and safety tips from Sparky’s Aunt Dottie.

The National Fire Prevention Association is an international organization founded in 1896 to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training and education, according to its website.

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

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