To kick off Fire Prevention Month, the SMFD held an Open House to learn about fire prevention with fun interactive events and demonstrations. Over 1000 kids, parents and grandparents enjoyed the 7th Annual Open House held on Saturday, October 6, 2017 at Fire Station 5.
Guests took rides in a fire truck, watched a clown show teaching fire safety, and witnessed a vehicle rescue demonstration, raced in an inflatable obstacle course, free hotdogs and free child ID kits available. S.W.A.T., San Marcos/Hays County EMS, Pink Heals, SMPD, and Travis Co. Star Flight had apparatus to tour.
Volunteers were the catalyst for this year’s successful Open House. Citizen Fire Academy members, Hays County Rollin’ Rattlers, and friends helped set up tables and chairs, load children for truck rides, prepare food and even dawned the Sparky the Fire Dog costume to give hugs. Firefighter’s, their family members, and retiree’s also helped in serving hundreds of hotdogs, chips, and lemonade to attendees.
The Fire Prevention theme was, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” worked to better educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it.
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.
“Developing and practicing a home escape plan is like building muscle memory,” said Fire Chief Les Stephens of the San Marcos Fire Department. “That pre-planning is what everyone will draw upon to snap into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire.”
Other Activities for the month were; San Marcos Domino’s® and NFPA partnered with SMFD to promote working smoke detectors, Gumby’s Pizza fundraiser, visits to schools and daycare facilities, and the department’s home smoke detector program. Open House is held the first Saturday of October. Hope to see you next year!
Look at the fun we had last year at Open House and partnering with Domino's Pizza!