Farmington Hills Firefighters Aim to Increase Safety During Open House
Staff Lt. Jason Olszewski says residents can take simple steps to prevent fires.
Residents had a chance to role-play as firefighters Thursday as the Farmington Hills Fire Department hosted an open house from its headquarters.
The public participated in activities that supported the National Fire Protection Association’s 2012 theme of “Have Two Ways Out.” Demonstrations focused on fire escape planning and techniques. Attendees dressed in firefighter gear, toured fire trucks and ate free hot dogs.
Staff Lt. Jason Olszewski, an 11-year veteran of the department, said events like this provide an opportunity for local firefighters to inform the residents they serve in hopes of increasing protection.
“There are many simple steps that residents can take to prevent fires,” said Olszewski. “Without this knowledge, residents put themselves, their family and their property at risk. This provides an opportunity to learn what they can do to be proactive to prevent fires.”
At the open house, held as part of the Farmington Hills city council’s Oct. 8 declaration of Fire Prevention Week, attendees learned basic in-home safety defenses and escape tactics. Each residence should have a fire drill every six months, the department recommends.
Amid a cloud of non-toxic smoke, participants learned kitchen cooking safety precautions. Olszewski said that he’s seen “countless situations, ranging from cooking, electrical and careless discarding of hot items,” that have resulted in home fires.
Other demonstrations included an ask-the-expert session, car seat safety and trauma prevention.
Barry Brickner, mayor of Farmington Hills, said it’s important for residents to be informed of fire safety to prevent injuries.
“Farmington Hills has always been concerned about protecting its citizens. Knowing what to do in case of a fire will help save lives and avoid injuries,” said Brickner. “If you do not know what you are doing and you attempt to put out a fire on your own, you can make matters worse.”
For more home fire safety information, residents can contact the Farmington Hills Fire Department at 248-871-2800.
-- by Daniel Dumas