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Spotlight on prevention

September 7, 2012
Emily Siegmon - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ALPENA - The Alpena Township Fire Departments are preparing for October, fire safety month, and fire prevention week Oct. 7-13.

Township Supervisor/Fire Administrator Marie Twite said the north and southside fire departments will host their annual open house in October and hand out flyers to residents or anyone who stops by the station.

"The information came from Fireplug Magazine, a magazine for fire departments. I cleaned it up a little bit and then typed it up. I think it's a really good piece to hand out," Twite said.

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News Photo by Emily Siegmon
Capt. Kevin Reamer, along with firefighter Josh Gougeon, complete daily checkups ensuring all of the fire equipment is operable and ready to go.

Both departments will offer the small 12-step guide to anyone interested in precautionary steps to avoid fire hazards and ensure fire safety at home.

Capt. Kevin Reamer said the fire safety month theme was discussed Thursday during the captains meeting, as well as additional planning for October. However, Reamer did share some key tips residents can use to practice fire safety.

"It's really important to check smoke detectors, especially in October when fire prevention really kicks off," Reamer said. "It's time to remind people to change batteries in smoke alarms and take extra precautionary steps people may have forgotten."

Fact Box

What: Fire departments open house

When: Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: North and southside fire departments

Reamer said one of the top causes of house fires occur because of cooking, especially in colder weather. Other fires, he said, are caused by kerosene or electric heaters, and wood burners.

"You really have to be careful with anything putting out a lot of heat. Anyone using wood heat or burners needs to remember to clean them before and during the burning season," Reamer said.

The north and southside fire departments will host the open house Oct. 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Residents and guests can stop by either department and receive free information and hot dogs.

"Fire prevention will be celebrated all over the U.S. in October. All fire departments pretty much do something around the country ... We've been hosting the open house for about 10 years now and really enjoy it," Reamer said.

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