ALTON — National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 4-10 and this year’s theme is Hear the Beep Where You Sleep, Have a Working Smoke Alarm in Every Bedroom.
Annually, more than half of fire deaths occur in homes without properly working smoke alarms. The Alton Fire Department encourages citizens not only to change their smoke alarm batteries when they change their clocks, but also to test their smoke alarms monthly. Additionally, smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old should be replaced.
The Alton Fire Department announces it will hold its annual Fire Safety Week Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Alton Fire House No. 1, 333 E. 20th St.
The open house will have activities including the children’s fire safety trailer, Sparky the Fire Dog, fire extinguisher training for adults, and free hot dogs and chili.
There will be two feature demonstrations. At 1 p.m. firefighters will perform a rope rescue demonstration using the ladder truck and at 2 p.m. they will have a “live” fire demonstration. Residents are encouraged to stop by and enjoy a free and informative event.