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Fire Fair Coming To Scarsdale In October

On October 20, the Scarsdale Fire Department is hosting the annual event to promote fire prevention.

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The annual Fire Fair at Scarsdale Fire Department's Station 3 (Crossway Firehouse) is planned for Saturday, October 20, 2012 to promote Fire Prevention Month. It will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine.

It will be a full Scarsdale Fire Department effort–with participation from all three volunteer companies, explorers, as well as the career staff.

The fair will include a "Smoke Trailer" – a simulated house with a smoke machine for kids to crawl through; apparatus demonstrations; residential fire sprinkler information and videos; hourly fire demonstrations; extinguisher demos; fire prevention videos; fire prevention poster contest award ceremony; literature and food. Other hands-on activities for children are also planned.

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The school program will take place prior to the fair. On Friday, October 19, we will visit the first grades in all of the elementary schools in the village. We will show a safety video and discuss fire prevention. We will also be handing out coloring books along with flyers to children of all ages to bring back home reminding the families about the fair.

This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is "Find Two Ways Out! Be part of the 2012 Fire Prevention Team and Learn to Save lives in Your Community." This year’s theme focuses on home fire escape planning and having two ways out of every room.

The SFD goal this year is for every household in Scarsdale to complete the “Fire Inspection Checklist” of their home. The checklist will be handed out to first grade elementary students on October 19 and will be available at the Fire Fair. This check list is just one more item to help keep a family safe from fire. As residents go through the check list, they should check that there are operational smoke alarms throughout the house and keep a close eye on cooking areas, heating equipment and electrical appliances making sure that they are safe.

Fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire escape ladders will be on sale. New this year, you can bring your home fire extinguishers to the fair and get a free inspection.

Although the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates October as "Fire Prevention Month," we know that emergency preparedness has to be ongoing all year round. Stay safe! 

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