Fire Department promotes Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12
The Shakopee Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association 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.
NFPA statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries.
“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."
The Fire Department is hosting its annual open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 at Shakopee Fire Station 1, 2700 Vierling Drive E. The event includes kids activities, fire truck and station tours, the opportunity to spray a fire hose, lil' firefighter training scenario and more.
In addition to the open house, the Fire Department also welcomes all Shakopee third-graders to the fire station during Fire Prevention Week to give them an inside look at the important work firefighters do.