COVINGTON — October is Fire Prevention Month and the Covington Fire Department is once again inviting the public to participate in a Family Fun Night to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Covington Walmart parking lot.
As in years past, the Fire Department will partner with other public safety agencies and local business to sponsor the event. Tony Smith, assistant fire marshal with the CFD, said fire trucks, police cars, ambulances and other public safety vehicles will be parked there for children and families to view.
“This year, though, we’re changing gears a bit,” Smith said. “We want to focus more on education.”
The event typically draws close to 2,000 people, but this year, Smith hopes to attract even more.
In addition to vendors’ booths with food and giveaways, a series of five- to 10-minute classes will be held on different topics throughout the evening. For instance, there will be a class on 9-1-1, how to use a fire extinguisher and how to put out a stove fire, in keeping with this year’s Fire Prevention Month theme, “Preventing Kitchen Fires.”
“When kids participate in a class, they will receive a raffle ticket,” Smith said. “So, the more classes they participate in, the more raffle tickets they receive and the greater the chance they have to win some really great door prizes.”
Smith said there will also be a bike safety class offered. Kids who participate in that will not only receive a raffle ticket, but also a free bicycle helmet.
He said a class will also be offered by an insurance company to instruct parents what steps to take after a catastrophic event, like a fire or flood.
“This event is not just about fire safety, but about safety overall,” Smith said.
For more information, contact the Covington Fire Department at 770-385-2105.