Local departments celebrate national Fire Prevention Week

Oct. 5, 2019  PLYMOUTH EAGLE.

Plymouth Michigan News


Not Every Hero Wears a Cape

Not Every Hero Wears A Cape, but firefighters in Plymouth Township are often lifesavers and will help local families learn about fire safety while enjoying several attractions during the upcoming Fire Safety Open House from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Visitors can meet firefighters, see and touch the new township fire engine and ambulance, learn how to use a fire extinguisher, view fire safety demonstrations, spray fire hoses in the squirt house, see a motor vehicle accident with the Jaws of Life demonstration, and other attractions.

Refreshments will be served and the Plymouth Township Charity Pumpkin Patch will be open.

The open house will take place at Fire Station #1, 9911 North Haggerty Road in Plymouth Township.

The area fire departments are teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)-the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years-to promote the annual Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

National 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. In a typical home fire, residents 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 residents make the most of the time available, giving everyone enough time to get out, officials said.

Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go. Firefighters advise individuals to look for available exits in every situation and location. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately, they advised.

The City of Plymouth is offering free tours of the fire department from Monday, Oct. 7 through Saturday, Oct. 12. Tours are now being scheduled for school groups, neighborhood groups and other organizations.

“Station tours are a great activity for both adults and children,” a spokesman noted.

Several interactive demonstrations will be on display and children and adults can participate in emergency scenarios and learn about household fire hazards.

To schedule a tour group in the City of Plymouth during Fire Prevention Week, contact the fire department at (734) 453-1234 extension 280 or via email at jdavison@ci.pylmouth.mi.us[mailto:jdavison@ci.pylmouth.mi.us]

The Northville Township Fire Department will host an Open House from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the fire station at 45745 Six Mile Road.

The event is free and open to the public. Firefighters will provide fire safety tips, a fire truck exploration, tours of the fire station, fire hose demonstrations, Safety Town photos, Smoke House training and other booths.

For more information, call (48) 348-5807 or visit twp.northville.mi.us.

The City of Northville firefighters will celebrate Fire Prevention Week efforts from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Oct 7 through 11 at the sta- tion, 215 W. Main St. in down- town Northville. There will be safety programs all week and on Wednesday, firefighters will offer the Great Escape program for elementary school children to help them make a plan in case of fire in their home.

For more information, call (248) 449-9920.


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