This year’s Fire Safety Campaign focuses on HAVING TWO WAYS OUT of each room, and keeping you and your family safe from fire dangers. Fire Chief Christopher Mullin reported that “The Open House and our teaching agenda in our schools will focus on Developing a Home Escape Plan that includes two ways out of each room of your home. The Escape Plan should have a meeting place outside of the house were all family members can meet to ensure that everyone has made it out safely, and then call 9-1-1 to report the emergency.”
As in the past, the Livingston Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau will continue to educate all school aged children from pre-school through the second grade, in both public and private schools. This provides children with the opportunity to try on “real fire gear,” and handle tools and equipment so they become familiar with firefighters and not afraid of them if the children are confronted with a real emergency situation. The presentations also provide age-appropriate education on this year’s fire safety message.
The Fire Department’s Annual Open House will be held on Sunday October 7th from 1:00 PM to 5:0 0PM at Headquarters Station (62 South Livingston Ave). There will be a Fire Safety Trailer from Saint Barnabas which is used to educate occupants on fire-dangers found in the home in a simulated educational setting. A tour will be conducted in each room to show children and parents common hazards found inside the homes. The importance of having “functional” Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors is stressed, and participants will learn the proper way to test these units and when to change their batteries. The fire prevention and education table will provide important Fire Safety information for all age groups including, school aged children, teenagers, adults, and senior adults. A Stop-Drop-Roll demonstration will be given as well as opportunities to climb-on, try-on, and hold real firefighting gear and equipment.
A simulated “Motor Vehicle Extrication” will take place at the Open House and attendees will witness first-hand firefighters using the many extrication tools such as the “Jaws of Life”, airbags, and other hand-tools. “Sparky the Fire Dog” will be here to greet the children throughout the day. Complimentary hot dogs, hot soup, soda and water will be provided to attendees. Educational handouts, plastic fire helmets, plastic fire badges, and other information will be provided to children and their parents to educate them about fire safety. The cost of the day’s activities is subsidized by the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department and donations are accepted. All proceeds are turned over to the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation.
LIVINGSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT
ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2012
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
LIVINGSTON FIRE HEADQUARTERS
62 S. LIVINGSTON AVE.
Info: (973) 992-2373
Fire Prevention Week is October 7 – 13
If you have any questions about this event or have a general fire question, please contact the Fire Department Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm at (973)992-2373, and they will be happy to answer your questions. Or visit the Township website www.livingstonnj.org. Click on “Fire” in the left hand column for the Livingston Fire Department information page.