Local firefighters are encouraging residents to visit Corowa Fire station for the Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) annual open day on Saturday, May 20.
The Corowa Fire Station in Riesling Street Corowa will open from 10am to 2pm and families are encouraged to come along and meet their local firefighters and learn more about fire prevention.
A range of free actives will be on offer, including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and fire safely presentations.
Firefighters will also be able to provide advice on installing or replacing smoke alarms, and preparing a home fire escape plan.
Children will be able to see the fire engines and firefighting equipment up close – always a highlight of this much-anticipated day.
They will also be able to take home a brigade kids’ activity booklet, which teaches them vital fire safely lessons.
This year, FRNSW is focusing on fire prevention in the kitchen, urging people to “keep looking when cooking’’.
Station Commander Lindsay Bush said almost half of all house fires started in the kitchen, usually when people failed to keep an eye on the stovetop.
“Regrettably, hundreds of injuries occur every year from cooking-related fires and people have lost their lives as a result,” he said.
“With winter coming, open day is also a great opportunity to talk to the experts about replacing smoke alarms.
“We’re encouraging residents to replace their outdated alarms with the latest 10-year, lithium-powered smoke alarms.
“Why not come along to Corowa Fire station on open day and come and talk to us about how you can reduce the risk of fire destroying your life.”