MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire Prevention Week kicks off on Sunday. Medford Fire hosted an open house to make sure people are prepared for an emergency. Medford residents said they found the event very helpful.
“I’ve never been in a fire so it was kind of a thing where this is what it somewhat looks like” said Medford resident Amber Russell after touring the displays.
Russell and her family attended the event for the second year in a row and she says it is always a good reminder to check emergency preparedness.
Medford Fire had equipment on display, fire extinguisher demonstrations, and a vehicle extraction demonstration. Fire officials say through all of the demonstrations, safety reminders are the most important part of Fire Prevention Week.
“The most important thing to check is smoke detectors. You should check them twice a year, every time you change your clock you should change your battery with your smoke detector” said Captain Kevin Watt of Medford Fire.
Fire officials also recommend having an escape route and meeting place away from the house in case of the fire. Other safety advice is to have your chimney cleaned every year and to keep an eye on space heaters and holiday decorations.