Osoyoos firefighters want you to look, listen and learn this Saturday as the local department participates in national Fire Prevention Week activities.

The Osoyoos Fire Department is hosting an open house Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m.

“Firefighters will do a live demonstrate on how to properly extinguish a grease fire and the negative results of using water on it,” said Chief Ryan McCaskill.

“There will be hands-on fire extinguisher training for anyone who wants to partake and we will have tours of the fire hall and a walk-through of trucks and equipment.”

More adventurous visitors can also try on firefighter personal protect equipment — and even take part in a little training.

“If anyone wants to attempt the physically demanding fire fit challenge we will have the course up and ready for all takers,” said the chief.

The department is also recruiting and will have information for prospective firefighters available.

The Osoyoos Fire Hall is located at 9901 74 Ave.

Look. Listen. Learn.

Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.

That is the message during Fire Prevention Week 2018. From Oct. 7 to 13, 2018, fire departments from across Canada and the United States will work to raise public awareness about the dangers of fire, how to prevent it and how to keep your family safe by having — and practicing — an escape plan.

Make it a Household Activity!

LOOK for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

LEARN two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

Talk about your plan with everyone in your home. Make sure your home has working smoke alarms on each floor. Know the emergency number for your fire department. Lastly, and most importantly, practice your home fire drill regularly.

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