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Posted on: October 9, 2017

National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8 - 14

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National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 8 – 14.

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between escaping safely from a fire or further tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.

Here’s what you can do to prepare:
  • 1. Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. 
  • 2. Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out. 
  • 3. Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them. 
  • 4. Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find. 
  • 5. Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. 
  • 6. Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

 The Park Forest Fire Department will hold the following events in recognition of Fire Prevention Week:

37th Annual Memorial Service and Twilight Parade | Oct. 12 | Service at 6:30 p.m. at St. Irenaeus Church | Parade at 7 p.m.

Parade route:

Leave the Village Hall parking lot and turn left to travel east on Indianwood Boulevard and proceed to Forest Boulevard.  Turn left onto Forest Boulevard and continue north on Forest.  The parade will then veer onto Park Street (passing Garden House), turn left onto Westwood Drive and then proceed to N. Orchard Drive.  Turn right onto N. Orchard Drive and follow to Indiana Street.  Turn right onto Indiana Street and then left on Illinois Street.  Follow Illinois Street back around to Indiana Street and turn right onto N. Orchard Drive.  Continue south on N. Orchard Drive to Westwood Drive and follow to Sauk Trail where the parade will veer to the left and then right on to Shabbona Drive.  The parade will then follow Shabbona Drive to S. Orchard Drive, where it will turn left and proceed on S. Orchard Drive to Indianwood Boulevard.  Turn right onto Indianwood Boulevard and complete at the Village Hall parking lot where the parade began.  



Open House at the Fire Department | Oct. 14 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Car seat checks   
  • 10:30 am - Firefighter Fashion Show   
  • 1 pm - Extrication Demonstration  
  • Visit with Fire Pup and Pluggy 
  • FD items for sale 
  • Station Tours 
  • Games and prizes 
  • Fill your Bingo card and get a free hot dog and chips 
  • Vendors including Park Forest PD, Nurses Plus, Nicor, ComEd, SouthCom Dispatch and others
  • Safety demonstrations with the ‘Hazard House’  Safety demonstrations with the new Fire Prevention Education Trailer

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