Mary Alice Reporting:

(Tuesday, October 9th) Uhrichsville, Ohio – National Fire Prevention Week is prompting area fire departments to host open houses.

Uhrichsville firefighters aim to bring awareness and education to families about the risk of fires.

Captain Wes Dillon says the first step toward prevention is to practice at-home fire drills and teach children what to do in case of a fire.

“Showing them two different ways out of the home, if they’re upstairs [or downstairs] what to do, having a meeting place outside so that everyone’s accounted for, and just making sure that they know not to go back inside for a toy or something they’re worried about but once they’re outside to stay.”

Dillon encourages homeowners to do a walk-through of their house to clear items away from electrical outlets and to check all smoke detectors.

In addition to touring the fire station and trucks, at this evening’s open house, children will be able to see the departments’ popular smokehouse that emulates a home and fills with smoke, as well as using the hose line to spray water.

“We like to have the community come in, see what we do, our equipment, our trucks, our gear, what our job entails. A lot of people will probably want to see our new ladder truck so that’s going to be out on display. People can go through it and look through the compartments.”

Uhrichsville residents can meet with firefighters at the fire stations open house on E. 2nd Street from 6pm to 8pm.

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