All three Coon Rapids fire stations opened to the public Saturday October 13, wrapping up a week of fire prevention education at local elementary schools.
“We just think it’s a good opportunity to invite people to come to the fire stations and see what we do be able to sit on the trucks, look at all the tools, all the equipment we have and of course have some fun,” said Chief John Piper.
All off the city’s fire stations participated in the open house event, offering entertainment for children and demonstrations like a mock kitchen fire.
A firefighter demonstrated the explosive effect water has on a grease fire compared to covering a pot on the stove with a lid to deprive the flames of oxygen.
“Fire prevention activity start as soon as kids are able to comprehend right and wrong,” said Chief Piper.
The Coon Rapids fire department says smoke detectors should be checked once a month and batteries should be replaced in the spring and fall. It’s also recommends replacing smoke detectors every ten years.