Fire Prevention Week starts Sunday |

Fire Prevention Week starts Sunday

Smoke alarms save lives. That’s the message of this year’s National Fire Prevention Week.All four Summit County Fire Districts – Copper Mountain, Lake Dillon, Red, White and Blue and Snake River – are joining the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) next week to remind children and adults about fire safety. The event runs from Oct. 3-9.This year’s theme – “It’s Fire Prevention Week: Test Your Smoke Alarms” – highlights the importance of smoke alarms in homes. The goal is to get the word our that having a working smoke alarm can literally mean the difference between life and death in a home fire. Each fire district will host an open house featuring live fire extinguisher demonstrations, a number of information booths, and a place for kids to take pictures with Sparky the Fire Dog and Smokey the Bear. The following are dates, times and places for each open house:– Lake Dillon Fire Protection District 6-8 p.m., Tuesday at the Silverthorne Elementary School at Highway 9 and Hamilton Creek Road.– Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Main Street Fire Station across from Dominoes in Breckenridge.– Snake River Fire Protection District 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Station No. 12 in Summit Cove.In addition to the open houses, the local firefighters will be teaching numerous classes such as Stop, Drop and Roll and Home Hazards in the elementary schools during Fire Prevention Week. According to NFPA, smoke alarms are the most effective early-warning device available for the home. Since they were introduced to consumers in the 1970s, they have helped to reduce the home fire death rate by one half.Even though they are now widely popular, roughly 70 percent of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.Summit County fire protection districts encourage residents to keep smoke alarms working and to leave immediately when a smoke alarm sounds.To learn more about Fire Prevention Week, visit NFPA at

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