Second week of October is National Fire Prevention Week
North Highlands Engine Co. No. 1 will host their annual Fire Prevention Community Day for local residents. National Fire Prevention Day was established in 1920 when President Woodrow Wilson issued the first proclamation, and since 1922 Fire Prevention Week has been observed during the second week of October.
On Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Highlands Engine Co. No. 1 will conduct firehouse tours, conduct live firefighting operations, the MTA Police K9 Unit will demonstrate canine search-and-rescue tactics, and there will be propane and electrical safety demonstrations.
The full day of events includes demonstrations on putting out house fires, vehicle accident extrication, and rescue operations. Members of the Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corp will assist in these demonstrations and will also provide information about emergency medical services. MTA Police will be demonstrating police dog operations such as search-and-rescue and hazard detection.
The North Highlands Fire Department Explorers will show what to do if you have a stove fire. Synergy Gas will be available to answer questions about propane use and safe operation. Central Hudson will provide information about electrical safety. For seniors, we’ll be scheduling home safety visits at the event so we can answer questions about smoke detector use or maintenance.
North Highlands will raffle off smoke detectors, 9-volt batteries, and fire extinguishers to residents each hour. Firefighters will be providing hamburgers, hotdogs, and pizza by Armando. The North Highlands Ladies Auxiliary will be holding a bake sale. There will also be a bounce house for children to enjoy. All are welcome to attend this free event. For more information, contact North Highlands at 845-265-9595 or visit nhfd21.org.