Fire Prevention Week concludes with parade, special program
by Derik Vanderford Staff Writer
UNION — A week-long observance culminated with a parade followed by a special event Saturday morning.
Last week was Fire Prevention Week, which included various assemblies and activities at local schools to teach students and parents the importance of fire safety and provide tips for avoiding fires in the home.
The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week was “Preventing Kitchen Fires.” Leaving food cooking on the stove unattended and other unsafe kitchen practices are a recipe for disaster according to statistics compiled by the National Fire Prevention Association. The NFPA found that between 2007 and 2011, fire departments throughout the country responded to an average of 156,000 cooking-related fires a year, making cooking the leading cause of house fires in the United States.
As part of the Fire Prevention Week observance, the Union County Firefighters Association hosted a firefighter parade down Union’s Main Street on Saturday, and the parade was followed by a special event in front of Walmart with each of the county’s fire departments.
Representatives from each fire department gave out helmets, stickers and other goodies for children in attendance, and allowed the children to explore equipment.
The event also featured an extrication demonstration in which the Rescue Squad used the “jaws of life” to pry open a wrecked car, as they would do to assist fire departments and EMS in an emergency situation.
Hot dogs, chips, and drinks were served at the event, and fire departments competed against each other in their annual corn hole tournament.
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