The Battle Creek Fire Department this year invites everyone to its second annual open house, set for 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.
All are invited this year to Station 2, 145 N. Washington Ave., for hot dogs, games, station tours, fire equipment displays and prize drawings. The grand prize will be a fire truck ride to or from school. Students must be age 12 or younger, be present to win, be in the Battle Creek or Lakeview districts, and have a parent or guardian available to accompany them on the ride.
The event will cap Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15, the national campaign held each year in October. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”
The public also is invited to the annual Battle Creek area fire prevention open house, set to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Bailey Park, 1392 Capital Ave. NE. Another free, family event, the city’s and other area fire departments will display their vehicles, educational information and more.
In addition, city fire crews will visit Battle Creek and Lakeview kindergarten classes next week to educate students about the need for current smoke alarms in their homes, as well as demonstrate fire gear and equipment. The National Fire Protection Association notes that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.