As part of National Fire Prevention Week, the Webster City Fire Department is hosting an open house tonight at the fire station, 919 Superior?St., from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The open house coincides with National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7 through 13.
Fire Chief Mike Lund said a variety of activities are planned for the event. Hot dogs, potato chips and lemonade will be served to those attending. For children ages 10 and younger, there will be free drawstring backpacks and wristbands while supplies last.
Those attending will have an opportunity to learn and practice "Stop, Drop and Roll."?A stay-low maze will demonstrate how to get out of a smoke-filled environment. Fire fighters will be on hand to demonstrate how to use a fire extinguisher and young people can test their fire-fighting skills by taking part in the garden hose drill Push the Bucket.
Organizers said the department's trucks will all be on display and young people can have their picture take as a firefighter.
During National Fire Prevention Week, attention is focused on promoting fire safety and prevention. This year's theme, according to the National Fire Prevention Association, is "Have 2 Ways Out,"?which advocates having two escape routes out of every room in the house.
According to NFPA?information, in 2010, a house fire was reported every 85 seconds. Working fire alarms can cut the risk of dying in reported home fires by half.