Halloween safety will be a focus of the Clark County Fire Department's community open house on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Fire Station 17, 5110 Andover, near Tropicana Avenue and Boulder Highway. Free glow-in-the-dark wristbands and LED tea light candles, to be used in place of real candles, will be given away while supplies last. Earthquake Safety Month and Fire Prevention Week also will be topics covered at the event.
"Our Fire Department does a great job hosting these popular open houses with our community partners, and we encourage the public to come to the event to learn about safety in a fun and welcoming setting" said Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson, whose District G includes Fire Station 17.
Due to concerns about pedestrian safety, Clark County promotes the "Inside by 9" campaign on Halloween night to encourage trick or treating children to be home by 9 p.m. and for local participating household to voluntarily turn off their porch lights at that time. Halloween safety tips and other information is available in English and Spanish at www.Insideby9.com.
"We want everyone to have a happy and safe Halloween, but it can be one of the most dangerous nights of the year for kids," said Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell. "Parents should always escort trick or treaters, and motorists and pedestrians alike need to pay attention to their surroundings. We also recommend that trick or treaters have some form of reflective clothing or a source of light to increase their visibility."
October's open house also will feature "jaws of life" vehicle demonstrations, fire station/engine tours.
For Fire Prevention Week, residents are encouraged to develop and practice home escape plans with family members in the event of a fire or emergency. Earthquake safety also is a theme in October with the Great Nevada Shakeout drill coming up on Oct. 17. The drill will occur worldwide at 10:17 and last 1 minute. Participants are encouraged to practice "drop, cover and hold on" as if shaking from a real earthquake. Information about the Shakeout is available online at https://www.shakeout.org/nevada/. Clark County has a PSA posted on its You Tube site featuring "Property Brothers" HGTV stars Drew and Jonathan Scott offering earthquake safety tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwbJhENzVCg. More quake safety tips also are on the Fire Department's website pages on Clark County's website.
The next open house will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, from noon to 3 p.m. at Fire Station 23, 4250 E. Alexander Road, near Lamb Boulevard with emergency medical service and holiday safety as its theme. Donations of new unwrapped toys and gift cards also will be collected for the annual firefighter toy drive. Accommodations For Persons With Disabilities: Fire Department open houses are accessible. Citizens requiring an accommodation should notify the Department of specific needs at least five days prior to the date of the events by contacting Kelly Foster at (702) 455-7327.