Riverside–On Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 11am to 3pm, the City of Riverside Fire Department will host its annual Fire Department Open House. The department will open fire houses at five locations across the city in hopes of preventing injuries, property loss, and loss of life due to fires and other emergencies.
The open house will occur during Fire Prevention Week—October 8-14—so designated by the National Fire Protection Association to coincide with the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, which raged from October 8th to 10th, 1871. The goal is to reduce the death toll from fire, which averages 3,000 persons per year in the United States.
The goal of the Riverside Fire Department’s Open House is to educate the public on ways they can protect themselves from fire, and showcase the Fire Department personnel, stations, and firefighting equipment.
During the open house, firefighters will be on hand to discuss the fire prevention theme and provide information about how to best protect themselves and their family from fire. They will discuss the use of fire extinguishers, proper cooking methods, electrical/extension cord hazards, tips on smoking, and maintenance on smoke detectors/alarms.
The following fire houses will be open for visitors on October 14: Fire Station 1 at 3401 University Avenue, Fire Station 2 at 9449 Andrew Street, Fire Station 3 at 6395 Riverside Avenue, Fire Station 4 at 3510 Cranford Avenue, and Fire Station 7 at 10191 Cypress Avenue.