POINT PLEASANT — The annual Community Fun Day sponsored by the Point Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department returns this Saturday.
This free event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the field across from the fire station on Jackson Avenue, where the former middle/high school was located. There will be free food as well as inflatable bounce houses for children and displays of fire equipment. An air medical helicopter will also be available for tours.
Community Fun Day will be the culmination of National Fire Prevention Week observances for the PPVFD and serves as an outreach event for the department, allowing it to connect with residents. It provides information on fire safety and what the department does, while also providing a fun, family-friendly environment.
Firefighters from across Mason County have been organizing various outreach events during National Fire Prevention Week, particularly at area schools. On Thursday, PPVFD personnel were at Magic Years Day Care Center and Preschool in Point Pleasant, giving students tours of a fire truck and speaking about fire safety.
In an effort to connect with the preschoolers, when John Bryant, from the PPVFD, explained turnout gear, he said though the gear may make the firefighter look scary at first, it actually made them like superheroes and therefore, there was nothing to fear. Bryant and his fellow firefighters had already visited Point Pleasant Primary and Intermediate Schools, the Early Education Station and were to visit Beale Elementary on Friday.
Chief Jeremy Bryant and the PPVFD offer these life-saving, safety tips in observation of National Fire Prevention Week:
1. Check batteries in your smoke detector.
2. Draw out and practice your escape plan from every room in your house and include a meeting place for you and your family after escaping.
3. Get out and stay out never re-entering a burning house for any reason. Remember material things can be replaced but a human life cannot.
4. If you wake up to a house full of smoke stay low and go crawling as low as possible underneath the heavy smoke.
5. Remember the Firefighters are your friend so never hide from them as they are coming to get you out and to safety.
6. Remember it is a proven fact that humans retain information much better with repetition so practice so if it ever happens to you your instincts and memory will carry you to safety even during the chaos.
(Editor’s Note: More on observations of National Fire Prevention Week in the Bend Area in tomorrow’s edition.)
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