The Firefighters of the Alvin Volunteer Fire Department will host the annual Fire Prevention Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Fire Station No. 1 at 302 W. House St. in Alvin.

Come out and enjoy free hotdogs and popcorn, meet local firefighters, learn how to use a fire extinguisher, take a tour of the engines and ambulance and obtain valuable information on what families can to do to help prevent a fire. Through educational, family-oriented activities, the event will help the department reach people in the community before they’ve suffered a damaging lesson.

This year’s National Fire Prevention Association’s theme is “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!” The Alvin Volunteer Fire Department encourages residents to have a home fire escape plan in place and to put that plan into practice.

“In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds,” Alvin Fire Chief Rex Klesel said. “Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out”.

October is Fire Prevention Month and is actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention Month is the longest-running public health and safety observance on record.

Attractions include fire trucks, recruitment, photos with Sparky the Fire Dog, fire extinguisher, fingerprinting, vehicle fire and rescue and a bouncy house.

Join the ranks of Alvin Volunteer Fire Department, and for information, contact Rex W. Klesel at 281-331-7688 or follow the fire department on Facebook.

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