BEND, OR -- Bend Fire and Rescue wraps up National Fire Prevention Week, Saturday, with an open house at the North Fire Station on Jamison Street.
Deputy Fire Marshal Susie Maniscalco says this year’s theme “Don’t Wait, Check the Date” is focused on life-saving smoke alarms. "I think a lot of folks don’t understand, or they don’t realize, that everything has a lifespan, including smoke alarms. When we explain that it’s important that smoke alarms be tested at least once a month, and if they’re at least 10 years of age, to install a new one – you know, they think they last forever." She adds, "Also know that we have a free smoke alarm program, and we offer free home assessments. So, we can come out and we can test your smoke alarms, replace batteries at no cost, and replace smoke alarms if they’re not working or if they’re missing."
Saturday's free event features live burning demonstrations and presentations from local health professionals. "We’re also offering free hands-only CPR classes for adults." Maniscalco tells KBND News, "This year, we’ve asked the Bend Police Department- they’re going to bring the K9 Horace to give a demonstration; we’ll have a live fire demonstration on the training ground; kids can build a fire truck with our friends from Home Depot; and, of course, the best part is that there will be free Eberhard’s ice cream."
Maniscalco says most activities will take place indoors, rain or shine. Festivities are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 63377 Jamison Street in Bend.