Fire Prevention Week open houses begin Monday

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:09 AM

The Grand Haven Township Fire and Rescue Station, 13250 168th Ave., will be the site of the department’s open house on Tuesday.

Firefighter Matt Schweitzer said new this year will be drive-through car seat inspections, which will be done at the Public Works building north of the Township Hall.

There will also be hot dogs, popcorn and games for the kids.

“Students from the Grand Haven High School National Honor Society will run a lot of the games for us,” Schweitzer said.

These include a cardboard maze, inflatable fire truck slide and face-painting.

There will be a house on fire that kids can put out with a hose, and a safety trailer where people will be shown how to “bale out of the window,” Schweitzer said.

The aerial fire truck from the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety will be on site, as well as vehicles from other fire departments, the North Ottawa

Community Hospital ambulance and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

Firefighters will also operate a burn chamber, which demonstrates how a sprinkler system would extinguish a fire in a home.

Spring Lake Township: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13

Spring Lake Township firefighters will hold their Fire Prevention Week open house on Thursday at Fire Station No. 1, 16681 148th Ave.

An open house tradition and community favorite again this year will be fire truck rides for the kids and parents. Another big draw is the live burn demonstration, in which firefighters build two 10-by-10-foot structures to simulate a room and contents fire. The scenario would be that it was possibly sparked by cigarettes, bad electrical or kids playing with matches.

One of the structures has built-in sprinklers. Both have working smoke detectors to show the importance of how effective they are.

In addition, there will be a simulated smoke trailer to show the community how to safely get out of a smoke-filled room.

There will also be a “Sparky’s hazard house.” This is used to show hazards in and outside of the house.

Hot dogs and drinks are free, along with many exhibits from the Board of Light & Power to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department dive team and new firefighting boat.

Grand Haven Department of Public Safety: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15

The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety will hold its open house Saturday at the fire station, 525 Washington Ave.

Firefighters will use a trailer for demonstrations of putting out a fire, with and without a fire suppression system. There will be booths with educational materials, refreshments and activities for children.

Lt. Joe Boyle said firefighters will be collecting food for local food pantries. For every can of food, you get one raffle ticket to try to win prizes such as a $100 Meijer gift card, passes to Craig’s Cruisers, free car washes and free ice cream for a year.

They will also be giving out free smoke alarms at the various open houses to people in need.

Anyone not able to come to the open house can still obtain the smoke alarms at the GHDPS station or The Salvation Army.

Crockery Township: No open house this year.

Robinson Township: Already held open house in conjunction with Robinson Elementary School event.

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