Signal Mountain Fire Department Hosts Fire Prevention Open House Oct. 12

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6-12, and the Signal Mountain Fire Department will be hosting a Fire Prevention Open House on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 2-5 p.m.  The Open House will be held at SMFD Station #2, 5240 Shackleford Ridge Road.

"There will be many fun and educational activities for the children," organizers said.  "Sparky The Fire Dog will make a guest appearance and our fire experts will host demonstrations, car seat checks and install, tours of the fire station, fire trucks, the kids can run a Jr.

Firefighter obstacle course, SMPD will be there to provide children’s identification kits and on-site fingerprinting and many other fun activities for all." 
 
The Signal Mountain Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year’s 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.  
 
“These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “In a typical home fire, you 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 you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.
 
“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Chief Eric Mitchell.  “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”
 
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Signal Mountain, contact the Signal Mountain Fire Department at 423-886-7075 or at smokedetector@signalmountaintn.gov.


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