Firefighters host open house

Oct. 10, 2013  PLYMOUTH VOICE.


Fire Prevention Week


Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed October 6-12 as Fire Prevention Week in Michigan with the theme “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, and a significant contributor to home fire deaths and injuries. Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen, more than any other place in the home.

The Northville Township Fire Department will host an open house on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Northville Township Fire Headquarters, 45745 W. Six Mile Road in conjunction with National Fire Protection Week from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The event will include station tours, firefighter meet and greet, live demonstrations (Jaws of Life), fire extinguisher use, fire truck tours, fire safety tips, games Try-on Fire Gear, and  fire safety activities for kids.

Contact the Northville Township Fire Department for more information at (248) 348-5807.

The Canton Fire Department will also host an open house from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Fire Station #1, located at 1100 S. Canton Center Road.

The event will include station tours, fire gear dress-up station, fire safety fun bags for kids, fire prevention handouts, hot dogs and popcorn. The Fire Safety House will also be open for children to tour. In addition to the open house, fire fighters will be presenting fire safety talks at local elementary schools during the month of October. Later in the year, the department will sponsor the Annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest. Information on the poster contest will be distributed through local elementary schools.

Contact the Canton Fire Prevention Unit at (734) 394-5456 for additional information.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.

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