The public is invited to kick-off Fire Prevention Week in a big way this Sunday, October 7 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Langley fire station at 820 Camano Avenue. The team at South Whidbey Fire/EMS have put together a family friendly fire safety fair.

Free to the public, fun activities include fire house tours, coloring a safety message, and a chance to check out the smoky room in the Safety House. Those over 18 years old may also learn how to use a fire extinguisher during training demonstrations.

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 7-13. This year’s theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

Throughout the week, many members and volunteers from South Whidbey Fire/EMS will visit elementary schools and classes with even younger children throughout the district. They will teach children about this year’s theme on fire prevention. Students will see what a firefighter looks like dressed in full bunker gear. They will also learn important safety considerations around their own homes, and be able to encourage their parents to participate in helping to make them safe.

Organized by the National Fire Protection Association, communities have been recognizing Fire Prevention Week with educational programs and outreach since 1922.