By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
Marlborough – The Marlborough Central Fire Station hosted a fun and educational open house Oct. 10 in observance of National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4 to 10). While adults collected fire safety literature, children watched videos and live demonstrations, played in an obstacle course and got behind the wheel of the department’s emergency vehicles. They and their families were treated to pizza, ice cream and popcorn.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme was, “Hear the beep where you sleep.” The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services joined forces with local fire departments to remind residents about the importance of smoke alarms in homes, including bedrooms, and testing them monthly.
In a press release, State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan stated, “More than half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep; and one-quarter of all fatal fires in Massachusetts in 2014 began in the bedroom. Having smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out. In a fire, seconds count.”
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.