Fayetteville Fire Department to host family fire safety fair on Saturday, Oct. 10

The Fayetteville Fire Department will host a family fire safety event on Saturday, Oct. 10 as part of National Fire Prevention Week.

The Family Fire Safety Fair will take place at Fire Station One, 303 W. Center Street, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fire equipment will on display and several activities are planned including demonstrations and a meet-and-greet with local firefighters. Kids will be able to watch the ladder truck extend its ladder to 95 feet in the air, and can also learn how to spray a hose from a fire engine. Adults in attendance will have a chance to practice using a fire extinguisher.

From a news release:

National Fire Prevention Week is held annually during the week of Oct. 9. Fire departments across the nation host events to educate the public on fire safety and prevention. National Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 which began on Oct. 8 and continued into Oct. 9. The fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres. Firefighters and community leaders learned that fire safety education helps prevent fires.

For more information, contact Sue Butler, education specialist at the Fayetteville Fire Marshal’s Office, at 479-718-7607.