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October 2, 2013

Fire Department to promote kitchen safety at open house

By Eric Czarnik
C & G Staff Writer

If you can’t stand the heat, the Sterling Heights Fire Department is here to help.

According to officials, the Fire Department will showcase kitchen safety as part of its fire safety activities at its annual open house Oct. 6 at Fire Station No. 4.

Fire Department Lt. Brandon Flynn said the open house is timed with the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6-12. This year, the week’s theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires: Get Cookin’ with Fire Safety,” and in keeping with that spirit, residents will get a refresher course on basic fire safety tips.

As part of the open house, the Fire Department will have its ladder truck and EMS resources on display, Flynn said. An extrication demonstration will show guests how the Fire Department uses the Jaws of Life to rescue someone trapped in a vehicle.

Flynn said the event will also have a smoke trailer that shows people what to do if a house starts filling up with smoke, he said, adding that the smoke used is not harmful.

“And of course, we’ll have cider and doughnuts and all that good stuff,” he added.

Fire Chief Chris Martin said last year’s open house brought in around 3,000 visitors. He said the event’s importance stems from their ability to demonstrate their firefighting techniques and educate people on fire safety.

“We always emphasize smoke detectors, changing your batteries twice a year with the change in clocks in spring and fall,” he said. “We emphasize having a meeting place outside the house and having an escape plan. Always have two ways outside of your house.”

As part of the day’s scheduled events, the Fire Department will honor and award members of the Fire Department and citizens who have gone beyond expectations to help others.

For instance, Martin said the ceremony will honor Fire Battalion Chief Dave Gonczar for his work in rescuing a boy from the Clinton River last June. Martin said another honoree will be Matthew Hobson, of Ira Township, who rescued an electrocuted man by performing CPR.

The Sterling Heights Fire Department’s annual open house will last 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 6 at Fire Station No. 4, 12850 15 Mile Road, in Sterling Heights. Parking is free at Sterling Heights High School.

Learn more about the Sterling Heights Fire Department at (586) 446-2950.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Eric Czarnik at eczarnik@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1058.