Editorial: Practice fire safety all year long


Several of Harford County's volunteer fire companies will have their doors open wider than usual this weekend to welcome anyone who is interested to stop by for a visit, check out the equipment and maybe even learn something about fire safety.

October is Fire Safety Month, and this past weekend the Level Volunteer Fire Company kicked off the public safety open house season in style. The event featured a demonstration on how to put out a vehicle fire, featuring a real burning vehicle, not to mention some more tame hands on activities for children.

More of the same can be expected in the coming days and weeks at:

• The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company, which will hold its open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13;

• The Susquehanna Hose Co. in Havre de Grace will also host its open house Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

• Fallston Volunteer Fire Co.'s open house is planned Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and

• Jarrettsville will hold its open house Sunday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One of the reasons October was selected as Fire Safety Month is because it begins the season when the weather turns cooler, which means furnaces are being switched on after a summer of dormancy, and fireplaces, cold for a few months, are becoming increasingly active. When these amenities are fired up for the new season, there's a danger of malfunctions that could result in house fires or carbon monoxide accumulating inside a building.

The beginning of autumn, therefore, is a good time for focusing on fire safety. Realistically speaking, however, fire safety is an important consideration year-round. And open houses at fire stations in October are good events for learning those lessons that can be used in any season.

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