Fire engine rides, a live burn demonstration and hands-on challenges for attendees will join fire safety education and blood pressure checks on what promises to be an entertaining Saturday (Oct. 3), 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., rain or shine, on the company grounds at 839 Moyer Road. Scheduled as part of national Fire Prevention Week, this year's theme will be "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm."
It's a theme that will resound throughout National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10. According to the National Fire Protection Association, having working smoke alarms in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half.
"The National Fire Alarm Code requires a smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home," Upper Mountain President Greg Sitek said. "Half of all U.S. home fire deaths occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when people are most likely to be sleeping. Children and adults who hear the smoke alarm's beep where they sleep have the time to get of a burning residence."
Upper Mountain will again hold a coloring contest for kids attending Lewiston schools, with five lucky winners getting a free fire engine ride to school. Children will be asked to submit one entry each with judging to be conducted by a vote of the fire company's members.
"This proved to be extremely popular last year, and the children who won were thrilled to get rides on our fire apparatus," Chief Dan Leven said.
The Oct. 3 event is free and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served.
"Aim a live fire hose on our target range, watch a live burn exercise, have a courtesy blood pressure check and see Upper Mountain firefighters conduct a motor vehicle extrication drill," Leven said. "And, of course, we'll have giveaways for the kids."
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 1,311 calls for service in 2014, making it the busiest all-volunteer fire/rescue company in Niagara County.