UPPER Hunter firefighters are encouraging residents to visit their local fire stations on Saturday for the Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) annual Open Day.
Between 10am and 2pm, families can come along and meet their local firefighters and learn more about fire prevention.
FRNSW Scone station commander Captain Mark Frost said a range of free activities would be on offer, including firefighting displays, station tours and fire safety presentations.
“Everyone is welcome,” he said.
“We’ll have the usual activities like checking out the new fire appliances, kids’ giveaways, demonstrations of equipment and a sausage sizzle.
“Firefighters will also be able to provide advice on installing or replacing smoke alarms, and preparing a home fire escape plan.
“Children will be able to see the fire engines and firefighting equipment up close – always a highlight of this much-anticipated day.
“They will also be able to take home a “Brigade Kids” activity booklet, which teaches them vital fire safety lessons.”
Captain Frost said FRNSW was this year focusing on fire prevention in the kitchen, urging people to “Keep Looking When Cooking”.
“Almost half of all house fires start in the kitchen, usually when people fail to keep an eye on the stovetop,” he said.
“Regrettably, hundreds of injuries occur every year from cooking-related fires, and people have lost their lives as a result.”
He added Open Day was also a great opportunity to talk to firefighters on how you can protect your home from fire.