Fire Prevention Week Kicks Off at the Central Fire Station
OKEMOS, MI - The Meridian Township Fire Department hosted their annual Fire Prevention Open House at the Central Fire Station in Okemos on Saturday, October 7.
The event was open to the community to kick off Fire Prevention Week which is October 8 - October 14. Both adults and children had a hands-on demonstration on how to properly use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire. Refreshments were available inside the station with cider and donuts, along with fire safety supplies and the chance to tour an EMS and fire engine vehicle. This year’s theme is cooking safety, which is the cause of 50-59% of home fires here in the United States.
“Fire prevention month is always a great month where we do a lot with the community, and teach people the importance of fire safety. Having escape drills in your home, changing your smoke detector batteries and showcasing what we do with the equipment we use,” said Mike Hamel, the Meridian Township Fire Chief.
The Meridian Township Fire Department strives to teach something every year not only to the kids, but the adults as well. Chief Hamel added, “I appreciate all the residents of Meridian Township coming and spending time at the station to learn and see what their tax dollars are paying for, and understand more when the fire department comes to their house for an emergency if we have to. Teaching people about fire prevention is a big part of this and being safe in your home in case an emergency happens, and knowing what to do.”