National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 5-11<br>

Williams Volunteer Fire Department Fire Prevention Officer Jeff Pettit displays smoke detectors along with cordless drills used to install them. The drills and digital/video camera equipment were purchased with funds provided by a golf tournament the WVFD hosted in June.

An open house will be hosted at the WVFD Station One, located next to the American Legion Hall on West Grant Avenue, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Individuals of all ages are urged to enjoy free refreshments and pizza while watching demonstrations by members of the WVFD. Those who attend will learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher, how to obtain and maintain smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and how to phone “911” in case of fire or other emergency.

“All year — not just during fire prevention week — we stress the importance of the presence of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the home,” Pettit said.

Individuals who do not have smoke or carbon monoxide detectors may be eligible to receive them free of charge from the fire department. Residents who have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in place — but are unsure if they are operating correctly — should contact the fire department for a free inspection. Carbon monoxide detectors are more costly for the WVFD to obtain, said Pettit.

Swim free at the Williams Aquatic Center — thanks to the WVFD — from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 8. Join firefighters at the aquatic center from 5-7 p.m. for free refreshments and pizza.

Throughout the week, firefighters will visit the schools and the Williams Senior Center. Fire drills will be conducted by the WVFD as well as demonstrations on how to properly utilize fire safety and prevention equipment along with tips on how to remain safe during a fire.

For more information on fire prevention or events offered locally throughout the week, contact Pettit at 635-4451.

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