Open houses aim to spark fire safety awareness


In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District held open houses Tuesday evening at the two fire stations in Oakdale, on East G Street and on Willowood Drive. Firefighters offered tours and tips on keeping homes safe from fire. Kids had fun trying on firefighter turnouts and getting their hands on firefighting equipment, but the safety message was a serious one. According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires. The fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths and $6.9 billion in direct damage. On average, seven people died in U.S. home fires per day from 2007 to 2011, according to the association. For more on fire prevention and Fire Prevention Week, visit www.nfpa.org.