October 06, 2014 –
(MAYETTA) The Potawatomi Tribal Fire Department is celebrating Fire Prevention Week along with other firefighters and safety advocates nationwide who belong to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). They want to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and to test them monthly.
“In a fire, seconds count,” said Tribal Fire Department Captain Eric Ganson. “Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, which gives everyone enough time to get out.”
To promote Fire Prevention Week the fire department plans to host several activities including: fire-safety talks in the Royal Valley School District and PBPN Headstart Program, and demonstrations on how to use fire extinguishers properly at the PBPN Government Center and Prairie Band Casino & Resort. The week will conclude this Saturday at an open house at the fire station (15482 K Road) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The open house will include educational activities and displays, fun activities for the kids including face painting and playing on inflatables, and other fire-safety demonstrations. In addition, the fire department’s fleet of emergency vehicles will also be displayed.
The fire department will also be serving lunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and the event is open to the public.
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