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Fire Prevention Week open houses start Monday

Becky Vargo • Oct 7, 2016 at 4:00 PM

“Don’t Wait — Check the Date” is the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15.

The National Fire Protection Association is promoting the change to new smoke alarms every 10 years.

“Time and again, I’ve seen the life-saving impact smoke alarms can have in a home fire, but I’ve also seen the tragedy that can result when smoke alarms aren’t working properly,” Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said. “That’s why we’re making a concerted effort to educate Grand Haven residents about the overall importance of smoke alarms, and that they do have a life limit.”

To find out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase).

The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety also encourages area residents to test smoke alarms monthly. Batteries should be replaced once a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they’re running low.

For more information on smoke alarms and this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

Local firefighters will also promote the cause during open houses next week.

Monday, Oct. 10

— Ferrysburg Fire Department, 17411 North Shore Drive, 6-8 p.m. Fire truck rides, equipment displays and refreshments.

— Crockery Township, 112th Avenue just north of Cleveland/M-104, 6-8 p.m. Fire truck rides, refreshments and displays.

Tuesday, Oct. 11 

— Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue, at the corner of Ferris Street and 168th Avenue, 5:30-8 p.m. Free hotdogs, displays from area service organizations, fire trucks from around the area, kids activities and games, and live stove fire and K-9 demonstrations.

Thursday, Oct. 13

— Spring Lake Township Fire/Rescue, Fire Station No. 1, on 148th Avenue just south of M-104, 6-8 p.m. Fire truck rides, hot dogs, drinks and displays.

Saturday, Oct. 15

— Grand Haven Department of Public Safety, 525 Washington Ave., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fire truck rides, raffle to get a ride on the aerial tower, pumpkin decorating, fire extinguisher training, smoke trailer, foam pit, kiddie train rides, K-9 demo, finger printing, educational booths, refreshments and a burn house demonstration at the end of the open house.

— Robinson Township Fire Department held its event in conjunction with the Robinson Elementary School open house last month.

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