The theme of this year's Fire Prevention Week, which kicks off Sunday, Oct. 7, is “Have 2 Ways Out!” Almost three-quarters of Americans have an escape plan, however less than half have actually practiced their plan. It is not enough to just have a plan in place. Everyone in the family must practice the plan making sure everyone knows two ways out.
To help parents and kids make a plan and practice it together, Eastside Fire & Rescue (EF&R) has created a special Kids Corner page on its website with activities for kids, including fire safety quizzes, videos and links to Sparky the Fire Dog's website, and downloadable checklists for emergency planning.
For 90 years now, fire departments have observed Fire Prevention Week, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record. Because it receives so many requests from our community and schools during this time of year, EF&R will use the entire month of October to meet the many requests it receives.
On October 20, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., EF&R will open up its bay doors and hold an open house at the following fire stations:
- Station 71 190 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah
- Station 72 1575 NW Maple Street, Issaquah
- Station 73 1280 NE Park Drive, Issaquah Highlands
- Station 78 16135 SE 113th Place, Issaquah/Renton Road
- Station 81 2030 212th Avenue SE, Sammamish
- Station 82 1851 228th Avenue SE, Sammamish
- Station 83 3425 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road, Sammamish
- Station 85 3600 Tolt Avenue NE, Carnation
- Station 87 122 W. 2nd Street, North Bend
Drop by and visit with the firefighters, tour the fire station, sit in the fire truck, and pickup fire safety information.
Although it is difficult to prepare for the unexpected, the handouts you receive will provide you with information and the knowledge that can help keep your family safe. Come in and join us for the day!
Fire Danger Continues in October
Fire Prevention Week is timely this year, as continued dry conditions spur extended burn bans and a Red Flag Warning for much of the area through this afternoon, Oct. 6, due to a dry east wind.
To learn how you can protect your home and community go to: www.firewise.org.
--Information from Eastside Fire & Rescue