The Clark County Fire Department is hosting a summer safety-themed community open house on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fire Station 31, 2190 S. Hollywood Blvd., near East Sahara Avenue. Drowning prevention, heat safety, fireworks safety and other summertime topics will be the focus.
"We encourage families to visit Fire Station 31 and meet the firefighters who serve your neighborhood," said Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, whose Commission District E includes the station. "These open houses are fun and educational for adults and kids alike. We particularly want residents to be aware of our efforts to crack down on the use of illegal fireworks over the July Fourth holiday because of the threat they pose to the health and safety of our community."
The Fire Department hosts open houses with community partners every other month on Saturdays at different fire stations in the County. "Summer safety is a natural topic for the month of June when the kids are out of school, pools are in big use, and families are doing a lot of outdoor activities," said Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell. "We want everyone to be safe this summer."
Officials are reminding the public that the "You Light It, We Write It" effort to crack down on the use of illegal fireworks in the Las Vegas Valley and unincorporated areas of Clark County will resume over the Fourth of July holiday. Offenders are subject to citations of up to $1,000 and possible fireworks disposal fees. Visit the campaign's website at www.YouLightItWeWriteIt.Vegas for more information. Only fireworks labeled "safe and sane" sold over the Fourth of July holiday by permitted booths in Clark County and its neighboring jurisdictions are allowed. No fireworks of any kind are allowed at Mount Charleston, Lake Mead, Red Rock or other public lands areas in the region.
Clark County also is a partner in the Southern Nevada Drowning Prevention Coalition's annual drowning prevention campaign, which emphasizes the need for adult supervision and barriers around swimming pools. The June 8 open house also will feature "jaws of life" demonstrations to show equipment used to remove victims from car crashes. There will be a children's fishing derby and tours of the fire station, vehicles, and the Department of Building Fire Prevention's safety house.
The next open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Fire Station 14, 3260 Topaz, 89121, near Eastern Avenue and Desert Inn Road. Back-to-school safety will be the theme of the event. 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. ###