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Dubuque marking Fire Prevention Week with fire station open houses

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National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 5-11, and the Dubuque Fire Department is marking the occasion by inviting members of the public to a fire station open house.

Firefighters will read fire-related storybooks to kids and hand out coloring and activity sheets and stickers.

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

National Fire Prevention Week has taken place since 1922 during the week that contains Oct. 9, which is the date of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people and burned more than 2,000 acres. Another devastating fire took place in that same time frame - the Peshtigo Fire in northeast Wisconsin. That burned 16 towns, killed 1,152 people and scorched 1.2 million acres. Both of these fires changed the way firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety.

The theme for this year's National Fire Prevention Week is, "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives; Test Yours Every Month."

The National Fire Protection Association recommends people install a smoke alarm inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including in the basement. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and replaced every 10 years or sooner if they don't respond properly when tested.

Statistics from the NFPA show having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts in half the risk of dying in a fire.

Dubuque's Fire Department promotes fire safety and prevention year-round through educational programs at places such as schools, businesses and senior centers.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 5, the Dubuque Fire Department will have activities at the following six fire stations:

Fire headquarters: 11 West Ninth Street

Station #2: 2180 JFK Road

Station #3: 3155 Central Avenue

Station #4: 1697 University Avenue

Station #5: 689 S. Grandview Avenue

Station #6: 1500 Rhomberg Avenue


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