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City of Dubuque takes part in National Fire Prevention Week

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The City of Dubuque is taking part in National Fire Prevention Week during the Sunday through Saturday period which falls Oct. 9.

This year's theme, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives; Test Yours Every Month,” focuses on the importance of smoke alarms and testing for working condition.

According to the press release, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends installing smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

Smoke alarms should be tested every month and replaced every 10 years or sooner if they don't respond properly when tested. According to NFPA statistics, having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half.

During the year, the City of Dubuque Fire Department promotes fire safety and prevention through year-round educational programs at schools, businesses, senior centers, and more. In observance of National Fire Prevention Week, the Dubuque Fire Department will hold open houses on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 1-3 p.m. at each of the six Dubuque fire stations:

Fire Headquarters: 11 W. Ninth St. Station #2: 2180 JFK Rd. Station #3: 3155 Central Ave. Station #4: 1697 University Ave. Station #5: 689 S. Grandview Ave. Station #6: 1500 Rhomberg Ave.

During the open houses, Sparky the Fire Dog will make appearances at Fire Headquarters and Station #4. Children will have the chance to put out a simulated house fire using a fire hose at stations #4 and #5, and adults will have the chance to use a fire extinguisher to put out a simulated fire with a digital training prop at Fire Headquarters.

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