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Kendall O. Bryant Fire Prevention Open House to be held Oct. 1

Article Published 09/16/2008

October is Fire Prevention Month and Layton City Fire Department is once again hosting the annual Kendall O. Bryant Fire Prevention Open House.

The open house will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008, at the main headquarters fire station, Station 51, located at 530 N. 2200 West, Layton. The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.

There will be lots of fun and educational activities dealing with fire and injury prevention. The fire department will conduct live fire and repelling demonstrations. Rides on the fire engine will be offered for voluntary donations of canned food items that will go to the Family Connection Food Bank.

The Police Department will have child ID kits available as well as SWAT and K-9 demonstrations. Also, 911 emergency dispatchers will be on hand to help children learn the proper use of the 911 emergency system.

There will be many other activities for families and residents to learn fire and injury prevention.

This year’s fire prevention open house theme is “Prevent Home Fires.”

Studies show that roughly 80 percent of U.S. fire deaths occur in the home. While the home is the place one usually feels safest, this statistic indicates that may not always be the case. There are steps that can be taken to prevent fires from occurring in the home. These steps include:

Be careful when you cook
   • Stay in the kitchen when frying, broiling, or grilling food.

Stay safe and warm
   • Have heating equipment serviced every year by a professional.
   • Have chimney cleaned and inspected before each heating season.
   • Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.
   • Turn off space heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.

Smokers should smoke outside the home

Throughout the home:
   • Make sure electrical cords are in good shape.
   • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
   • Test smoke alarms monthly.
   • Have a professional inspect the home's electrical wiring to make sure it meets code requirements.
   • If building or remodeling a home, consider installing a residential fire sprinkler system.

Escape basics
   • Make sure everyone knows the sound of the home's smoke alarms.
   • Involve everyone in making a Home Fire Escape Plan.
      • Talk about the best ways to get out quickly.
      • Plan two ways out of every room.

Choose an outside meeting place (mailbox, tree, or other place in the front yard).

Practice the home fire escape drill at least twice a year.

These and other safety tips can help prevent fires from occurring in the home.