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Fire Station open house to highlight 
Fire Prevention Week

The Fort McCoy Fire Department will hold its second annual Fire Prevention Week Open House Wednesday, Oct. 8 as part of National Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 5-11.

Members of the Fort McCoy community are welcome to attend the open house from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fire Station 1, building 1680.

The activities will include station tours, a static display of firefighting equipment, hands-on fire extinguisher training, a jaws-of-life demonstration, and fire prevention literature will be available. A light lunch of hot dogs, potato chips and punch will be served.

In October, each directorate/activity also must conduct a fire evacuation drill of all buildings during normal hours of operation.

The fire alarms in each building can be sounded for the drill, if desired.

The Directorate of Emergency Services Fire Prevention Office also has put together a presentation that can be incorporated into the monthly safety meetings. A 15-minute video entitled "How to Prevent Home Fires," highlights the 2008 Prevention Week Theme of "Itís Fire Prevention Week: Prevent Home Fires."

Topics the video covers include: kitchen and cooking safety; space heaters, fire places and furnaces; electrical outlets, extension cords and light bulbs; flammable liquids; smoking safety; candles; smoke alarms and escape plans.

To schedule a fire alarm or for a fire safety message, personnel can call Curt Ladwig, Fort McCoy fire inspector, at (608) 388-4077.

Ladwig said the week also is an excellent opportunity to take time to develop, review or refine fire safety/escape plans at home.

Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, including the basement, attic and near sleeping areas. Each detector should be tested monthly, with batteries replaced as necessary or every six months, whichever comes first.

Each home should be equipped with at least one fire extinguisher. The extinguisher should be stored in an easy-to-get- at location and checked once a month to ensure it is fully charged and operational.

All sleeping areas on the second floor should have an escape ladder.

Home floor plans should identify two ways out of each room. The plan should be posted in a prominent place where family members can become familiar with it. The escape plan should be practiced on a regular basis.

Always sleep with bedroom doors shut. This can help prevent fire and smoke from rushing into a bedroom and gives occupants extra time to escape in case of fire.

Consider purchasing flashlights for each bedroom to be used in case of emergency if the lights go out.


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