Fire Prevention Week Kicks Off Sunday
Firefighter Allen Smith demonstrates kitchen safety to a group inside the Fort Lee Fire and Emergency Services Safety House Aug. 4 during National Night Out at Fort Lee, Va. Photo by Mike Strasser

FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 1, 2009) - Fort Lee Fire and Emergency Services is kicking off the national Fire Prevention Week, which runs from Sunday through Oct. 10.

While some events are traditional to the annual week of awareness, FE&S will be doing something a little different to promote this year's theme of "Stay Fire Smart, Don't Get Burned."

New to the program this year, the Life Safety Trailer will make stops at different spots in housing through Oct. 9, 5-8 p.m.

"The trailer has been very successful so far," said Assistant Fire Chief Randall Fitzpatrick, FE&S. "It's designed to teach children and adults about fire safety, including hearing what smoke detectors sound like, simulating a smoke-filled room, feeling a hot door or showing them how to use a second escape route."

The 30-foot trailer also has an area to show videos to teach hurricane or severe storm training, as well as a kitchen area to teach about stove safety.

"The trailer helps teach people how not to get burned, which falls in line with the Fire Prevention Week theme," said Fitzpatrick. "We inform the public about stove safety, candle use and turning down the hot water heater to prevent burns."

Sunday's open house, from noon - 3 p.m., also includes the judging of the coloring contest (see page 31) at Fire Station No. 2. The station, across the street from the commissary and post exchange, will be open for the first time for public tours. A parade through housing will occur Sunday night.

Another favorite of Fire Prevention Week is the pancake breakfast held on Thursday morning, 7-9:30 a.m., at Fire Station No. 2. A spread of pancakes, sausage, pastries, juice and coffee can be expected, and participants are encouraged to donate at least $3 to help out Fort Lee Soldiers.

"The breakfast is held in support of Holiday Helper, a very worthy cause," said Fitzpatrick. "Last year, we donated more than $1,300 from the pancake breakfast."

For more information about Fire Prevention Week, see page 26 for the history and agenda, and page 31 for the last publication of the coloring contest.