Buffalo - In recognition of October as Fire Prevention Month in Buffalo, Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buffalo Fire Commissioner William Renaldo today announced that the City of Buffalo will celebrate National Fire Prevention and Safety Month by hosting six scheduled Open Houses at firehouses citywide. Free smoke detectors with 10-year non-removable batteries, coloring books, and fire prevention safety tips will be distributed. The fire prevention and safety events are designed to educate children and families about fire safety and provide them with a behind-the-scenes view of the job of a firefighter.
Mayor Brown stated, “As we continue to build an equitable and inclusive city of opportunity, it’s important to educate all people on important issues, including life-saving issues like fire prevention. Fire Prevention Month is a great opportunity to raise awareness and remind residents to plan and practice their fire escape route in their own homes. I thank Buffalo Fire for its continued commitment to the safety of our city residents and business owners and encourage everyone to attend one of our Fire Prevention and Safety Open Houses in Buffalo during the month of October to learn more about the essential ways people can reduce their risk to fire.”
“Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape” is the 2019 National Fire Prevention Theme and works to remind the public that fires can and do still happen – at home, as well as other locations - and it’s imperative that households plan and practice their escape.
Fire Commissioner Renaldo stated, “Fire Prevention Month is a unique opportunity to educate our citizens about the many things you can do in your home to help prevent a fire. During our scheduled Open Houses Buffalo Fire Department professionals will share many potential life-saving tips, and showcase state-of-the-art fire suppression, fire prevention and technical rescue techniques. Remember, no one expects a house fire, but thankfully when there is an emergency, we have the courageous and dedicated men and women of the Buffalo Fire Department on hand to help”.
As part of today’s announcement, Mayor Brown also invited residents to attend the following Fire Prevention and Safety Open Houses in Buffalo:
Engine 21/Ladder 6 – 6pm-7:30pm 1229 Jefferson at Kingsley
Engine 37/Ladder 4 – 10am-11:30am 500 Rhode Island at Chenango
Engine 3 – 1:00pm -2:30pm 601 Broadway at Monroe
Engine 38 – 6:00pm-7:30pm Linden and Colvin
Engine 4 – 10:00am-11:30am 939 Abbott at Hollywood
Engine 23 – 1:00pm-2:30pm 3226 Bailey at Hewitt
Fire officials, firefighters and other experts will be on-hand during the Open Houses to meet and greet residents, give them tours of the firehouse, and provide fire safety and prevention tips.