Fire and rescue demonstrations, fire safety education, blood pressure checks and ladder truck bucket rides will be among the activities offered to the public on Saturday, Oct. 12, when the Upper Mountain Fire Co. holds its annual community open house.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the company grounds at 839 Moyer Road. Scheduled as part of national Fire Prevention Week, this year's theme will be "Prevent Kitchen Fires: Get Cookin' with Fire Safety!"
The National Fire Protection Association states a fire department responds to a home structure fire somewhere in the U.S. every 85 seconds. More than 400 of those fires a day - or 150,000 each year - involve kitchen equipment.
The leading cause of those fires is unattended cooking.
"Come hungry, because our kitchens will be open and cooking - safely cooking," said Upper Mountain President Greg Sitek. "We invite you to stop by to meet our members, tour our facilities, see our apparatus and learn important information that can save your life."
Upper Mountain Fire Co. provides fire protection, technical rescue and emergency medical services to residents and businesses in the Town of Lewiston. The company responded to 1,366 calls for service in 2012, making it the busiest all-volunteer fire/rescue company in Niagara County.