The Hopkinton Fire Department will open its station to the public on Sunday, Oct. 16, from from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for its annual open house. Residents (adults and children) will have an opportunity to view demonstrations, learn about fire safety and tour the station. Refreshments will be provided, and Sparky the Fire Dog is expected to make an appearance.
The open house provides an opportunity for firefighters to focus on the educational theme of Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape!” The theme reinforces the importance of developing a home escape plan with all members of the household and practicing it regularly.
A home fire escape plan should meet all of the family’s needs, including those with sensory or physical disabilities. Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of a home. A plan also should include having two ways out of every room, as well as a meeting place a safe distance from the home. Home fire escape plans should be practiced twice a year.