Taking suitable precautions around your home is crucial to preventing a fire tragedy. This week is National Fire Prevention Week, which is celebrating 100 years. Southern Door Fire Chief Rich Olson says fire safety begins with ensuring all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work correctly in your home or business. He says families should devise an escape plan in case of a fire and have a predetermined place to meet outside.
Olson says never wait to report a fire because it will double in size every minute. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, local fire departments responded to about 1.35 million fires last year, which caused 3,800 deaths. In conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week, the Southern Door Fire Department is hosting an open house this Saturday, October 15, from 10 am until 2 pm at the Forestville station. The event will include lunch and kid activities while checking out the fire station and trucks while meeting with the firefighters.