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BUCKS COUNTY >> Fire companies throughout the county will mark National Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12) with open house events and fire prevention activities.

This year’s National Fire Prevention Association theme, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape,” encourages residents to plan an escape route from their house, designate a meeting place and practice your escape.

The national campaign works to educate everyone about the small, but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from fire.

NFPA statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day during the years 2012 to 2016.

“These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.”

To mark Fire Prevention Week, companies are hosting a series of public events in support of this year’s campaign, including:

Doylestown

Doylestown Fire Company No. 1, 68 Shewell Avenue, will hold a Kids Book Fest and Fire Prevention Open House on Oct. 12 from 9:30 am to 2 pm. Bring the kids out for this fun and free event featuring children's authors and illustrators, fire trucks, special guests, activities, crafts, games and dogs. Here is a sampling of events that will take place: Meet children's authors and illustrators, hear them read from their books, ask them questions, and have them sign your books. Read to the famous Roxy Therapy Dogs. Slots will be available on a first come, first served basis. Different dogs will be available throughout the day. Paw-tograph Book: create your own keepsake paw-tograph book so the Roxy Therapy Dogs can “sign” it for you. Festival Book Tree: help us create a tree of all our favorite books and authors. Decorate leaves for the tree with your favorite authors/illustrators and book titles. Wall Signing: show your love of books and the Doylestown Fire Company by writing messages on the wall. Paper Crafts: create take home book and firehouse themed origami and bookmarks to celebrate all things KidsFest. Scavenger Hunt: search around the Firehouse and win a prize! Selfie Station – snap and show your love for the Doylestown Fire Company and Kidsfest! Book Drive to Benefit Americans for Native Americans and Tree House Books.

Falls Township

The Falls Township Fire Company No. 1 invites the community to an open house on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 am to 2 pm. The company is located at 310 Yardley Avenue, Fallsington.

Levittown No. 1

Levittown Fire Company No. 1 invites the public to a fire prevention open house on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Falls Township Community Park, 9061 Mill Creek Road. The event will feature fire apparatus, fire prevention information, a Smoke Trailer, balloons, live DJ, moon bounce, a helicopter landing and live demonstrations including vehicle rescues, hose lines and fire extinguishers.

New Hope Eagle

New Hope Eagle Fire Co., 46 Sugan Road, holds a public open house on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6 to 9 pm. The public is invited to tour the station, visit the museum, take fire truck rides and lots more.

Northampton Township

A fire prevention open house will be held Friday, Oct. 11 from 7 to 9 pm at all three Northampton Township fire stations - Station 3 on Newtown-Richboro Road, Station 73 on East Holland Road and Station 83 on Hatboro Road. The open houses will feature fire safety tips, equipment, hands-on training and free snacks.

Upper Makefield

The Upper Makefield Fire Company will hold a Fire Prevention Open House on Friday, October 11 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Station 71, 1221 Taylorsville Road, Washington Crossing. The public is invited to attend.

Yardley-Makefield

The Yardley-Makefield Fire Company invites the public to a free fire prevention open house on Friday, Oct. 11 from 6 to 9 pm at the Woodside Station across from McCaffrey’s Market at Stony Hill and Heacock Roads. The event includes live fire demonstrations, a demonstration of Hurst e-draulic tools, a kids hose house, a helicopter landing, fire extinguisher demonstration and free fire prevention literature and refreshments.

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.fpw.org.

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