Local fire departments are hosting open houses to promote that message, as well as offer information on prevention and dealing with small fires.
Families will get a chance to meet firefighters, ride fire trucks, see demonstrations and learn how to use fire extinguishers or a fire hose. There will be games at some events, as well as refreshments.
The open houses started Thursday with the annual Robinson Elementary School/Robinson Fire Department open house held at the elementary school.
Following is a list of upcoming Northwest Ottawa County open houses.
Sept. 28 - Thursday
Spring Lake Township Fire/Rescue
Mill Point Park, Spring Lake Village
Oct. 2 - Monday
Port Sheldon Township Fire Department
16045 Port Sheldon St.
Oct. 9 - Monday
Ferrysburg Fire Department
17411 N. Shore Drive
Oct. 10 - Tuesday
Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue
13250 168th Ave.
Oct. 14 – Saturday
Grand Haven Department of Public Safety
525 Washington Ave.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Oct. 16 — Monday
Crockery Township Fire Department
16875 Main St., Nunica