The event will be full of safety literature, displays, demonstrations and a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog™. Sparky is the National Fire Protection Association’s fire prevention mascot. Fire trucks and equipment will be on display, there will be firefighter demonstrations and free hats and balloons for the children. Come have your photograph taken in a fire truck.
For Fire Prevention Week, the fire company is assisting in fire drills and giving fire safety presentations at Simsbury schools. This year Fire Prevention Week is being observed nationwide from October 6 through 12, and the theme is "Prevent Kitchen Fires.”
During this year's fire safety campaign, firefighters and safety advocates will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires--most of which result from unattended cooking. According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires.
Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of October 8, 1871. According to the NFPA, “the fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.” Fire Prevention Week, sponsored by the NFPA, is the longest-running public health and safety observance on record.