PINETOP-LAKESIDE — In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, the Pinetop Fire District will hold an open house on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for community members.
The theme this year is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” which places the focus on educating children and adults about smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, their necessity and how recognizing those sounds can help save lives. Educational material on what to do when those alarms sound will be available, along with Ready, Set Go material.
There will also be some fun activities: a bounce house; obstacle course; static truck display; and a station tour. They will also be serving free hot dogs and hamburgers.
The National Firefighter Protection Association began sponsoring this annual event in 1922 and in 1925 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance. It is the longest-running public health observance in the country.
Fire Prevention Week is observed during the first week of October in commemoration of the devastating Great Chicago Fire which began on Oct. 8, 1871, and killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.
The open house event will be held at Pinetop Fire District’s Station 11 which is located at 1845 S. Pine Lake Road in Pinetop.