The Clark County Fire Department is hosting a community open house at Fire Station 23 on Saturday, Dec. 14, from noon to 3 p.m. to encourage holiday safety and in conjunction with the annual firefighters' toy drive. The fire station is located at 4250 E. Alexander Road near Lamb Boulevard.
The Dec.14 open house coincides with the 18th annual "Fill the Fire Truck" holiday toy drive sponsored by the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation. A donation box will be set up at the open house for visitors to drop off new, unwrapped toys or gift cards. Toys also can be donated at any Clark County fire station through Saturday, Dec. 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, in the Las Vegas Valley and until Monday, Dec. 16, at rural fire stations. The toys will be distributed to children through local charities and churches.
"We look forward to hosting the December open house in conjunction with the firefighters' annual toy drive because it's such a great cause for kids throughout the Las Vegas Valley," said Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, whose District D includes Fire Station 23. "We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the family fun. Santa is even taking time out from his busy schedule to join us."
December's open house will feature "jaws of life" vehicle demonstrations, fire station/engine tours, and the Clark County Building & Fire Prevention Department's Fire Safety House. Santa will visit from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
"We try to focus on holiday safety because fires and injuries can be common this time year," said Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell. "Kitchen fires tend to happen throughout the holiday season, so we want to remind people never to leave cooking food unattended. It's also important for people coming and going to parties never to drink and drive or be under the influence of drugs behind the wheel." Additional holiday safety reminders include:
- Keep holiday decorations and Christmas trees a safe distance from heaters and fireplaces.
- Place candles in stable holders on uncluttered surfaces so they can't be knocked over by children or pets. December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.
- Water Christmas trees every day so they don't dry out. If the needles get brittle and start falling off, it's time to remove trees from your home.
- Inspect holiday lights each year and replace any bulbs or cords that are damaged. Do not overload electrical outlets.
The next open house will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, from noon to 3 p.m. at Fire Station 21, 5015 W. Oquendo Road, 891118. Heart health and emergency medical service will be the theme.
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.