Drawing attention to fire prevention
In honor of Fire Prevention Week, which takes place Sunday, Oct. 8, through Saturday, Oct. 14, the Alexandria Fire Department hosted its annual open house the evening of Monday, Oct. 10.
The evening's activities included dinner, a bouncy house, a visit from Life Link III helicopter, fire hose spraying and more.
This year's theme, "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out," highlights the importance of having more than one plan in case of emergency.
Look for the Fire Prevention Week extra in the Wednesday, Oct. 11, issue of the Echo Press.
About Fire Prevention Week
The first-ever Fire Prevention Week took place in October 1925 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, that fire left 250 people dead, 100,000 people homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.
Since 1925, Fire Prevention Week is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls, as that was the day the most damage was done during the Great Chicago Fire.
Local open houses
Garfield Fire Department, 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10
Brandon Fire Department, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11
Osakis Fire Department, 3:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11