PITTSBURG — Children of all ages will learn about fire safety during National Fire Prevention Week.

National Fire Prevention Week is October 7 through 13 and the Pittsburg Fire Department will have an interactive display and activities at Meadowbrook Mall. The fire department also teamed up with Dominos for a surprise pizza drop off.  

All fire prevention week activities are free and open to the public.

Through the U.S. Fire Administration, this year’s theme "LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere." According to a release, the theme focuses on the three essential steps needed to reduce the likelihood of fires and how to escape safely in the event of one.
The steps are: “Look” for places fire could start. “Listen” for the sound of the smoke alarm. “Learn” two ways out of every room.

Pittsburg Fire Department Fire Marshal Tom Vacca said he hopes the message of fire safety will continue throughout the year as people go through their day-to-day lives.

“It’s one of those things, it’s everyone’s responsibility to be safe and aware no matter where you are, at home, work or traveling,” Vacca said.

Schedule of Events:
Interactive display
October 8 – October 13, the fire department will have an interactive display at the Meadowbrook Mall in Pittsburg. Children will have two different chances to win a movie pass by entering a coloring contest and a “guess the candy” contest. The interactive display will feature a Practice and Learn (PAL) prop, which teaches children how to crawl below the smoke and find two different ways out of a room. Fire personnel will be stationed at the display each day from 1 to 4 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. to answer questions and share fire safety information.

Pizza delivery with Domino’s®
This year, the fire department is teaming up with Domino’s Pizza to educate residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms. From 6 to 8 p.m. on October 10 and 12, customers who order a Domino’s pizza may be randomly selected and surprised at the door when their pizza arrives via fire engine. If the smoke alarms in the home are working, their order is free. If smoke alarms are not working, firefighters will replace them or install new batteries.
Customers can call Pittsburg Domino’s at 620-231-5555 to place their order and be eligible for the fire engine delivery.

Live demonstrations
From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, the fire department will conduct live fire safety demonstrations on the west side of Meadowbrook Mall. Fire personnel will simulate a kitchen fire and demonstrate the dangers of smoking with oxygen. Children will have a chance to spray water with the firefighters and participate in a mini-firefighter challenge course. National Fire Safety Council’s mascot Firepup® will be available for pictures with children and the fire department will have a Squad-5 apparatus support truck on display.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.