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Fire safety open house to be held Oct. 11

The Concord Fire Department and Papa Gino’s will host a fire safety open house on Oct. 11. Attendees (children and adults) will get a chance to spray the “flames” of the spray house with a hose. The “flames” fall down on a hinge when hit with the water stream.

The Concord Fire Department and Papa Gino’s will host a fire safety open house on Oct. 11. Attendees (children and adults) will get a chance to spray the “flames” of the spray house with a hose. The “flames” fall down on a hinge when hit with the water stream.

The Concord Fire Department and Papa Gino’s will host a fire safety open house Oct. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Concord Central Fire Station, 150 N. State St. For the past 18 years, New England fire departments and Papa Gino’s have helped more than 2 million people by supplying educational materials and free pizza at fire safety open houses. Sean Brown, bureau chief/fire marshal of the Concord Fire Department, told us more about the event:

WHAT TYPES OF DEMONSTRATIONS WILL BE HELD?

Some of the activities include our hose target practice/spray house, stop drop and roll simulator and a fire safety scavenger hunt.

WILL THERE BE ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN?

The spray house and stop, drop and roll simulator are for all ages. The scavenger hunt is geared toward kids that are older and can read.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP IN PREVENTING A FIRE IN YOUR HOME?

It sounds very broad, but we need to be cautious with anything that can produce heat or flame. A few things to consider around the home are: 1. Do not leave an operating stove or oven unattended; 2. Keep all lighters and matches out of the reach of children; 3. Keep combustible materials at least 36 inches away from heaters, woodstove, fireplaces or furnaces; 4. Do not leave candles unattended; and 5. Do not overload extension cords or power outlets.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD THE BATTERIES IN A SMOKE DETECTOR BE REPLACED?

Smoke detector batteries should be replaced every six months. A good rule of thumb is: “Change your clock and change your batteries.”

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR JOB?

Spreading the fire safety message helps to save lives.

Noelle Stokes

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