GODFREY — The Godfrey Fire Protection District will launch Fire Prevention Week 2016 by hosting an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Godfrey Fire Station 2, 1712 W. Delmar Ave.
The station property will be full of displays and apparatus, so parking will be available next door at the Godfrey Church of the Nazarene, 1800 W. Delmar Ave.
Demonstrations and activities will include vehicle extrication, a live burn room, child safety seat inspections, ResQCPR display and a firefighter fashion show. Children who complete a specified list of activities will earn a real junior firefighter badge presented by the chief. Numerous community partners will also be there. Free food and drink will be provided, including the district’s signature “firehouse” smoked pulled pork sandwiches and kettle-cooked chips made on site. People of all ages are encouraged to visit and learn more about the fire protection district.
The Fire Prevention Week theme is Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years. The focus on smoke alarm replacement comes as the result of a recent survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Association, which showed only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are or how often they need to be replaced.
“We want to build on the success of our last open house and grow this as a safe, free, educational and enjoyable event for our citizens,” Fire Chief Erik Kambarian said. “This is their fire district and we want to make that personal connection and show them our appreciation for their support.”