PIERCETON – Pierceton Fire Department announced its annual Fire Prevention Open House is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to celebrate Fire Prevention Week.

At the Pierceton Fire Department, the public can expect to have an afternoon packed full of free family fun, according to a news release from PFD.

Activities will include making a personal First Aid sponsored by Lutheran EMS and Lutheran Health Network. After making their kit, children who are attending will learn about adult and child CPR.

A certified car seat technician will also be on site to answer any questions on child passenger safety and to schedule an appointment to have their child’s seat certified.

Attendees can interact with the local firemen and responders as they work through a multitude of stations. They can experience the Save A Life Smokehouse Trailer where they will practice staying low in a smoky environment and stop, drop and roll; or test their skill on being a fireman at the obstacle station.

Children will be able to climb aboard all the local emergency apparatuses and learn about the difference between fire, police and EMS vehicles.

After participating in all the educational stations, children will then receive their gift bag full of items donated from many local sponsors.

Families are encouraged to then come inside and enjoy a meal prepared by Shooting Star BBQ. Dinner includes options for hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, chips, baked beans, mac ‘n’ cheese and desserts. Drink choices of bottled water sponsored by Rabb Water or juice will be available.

Families are encouraged to stick around and participate in the coloring contest sponsored by the Pierceton Lions Club, get their picture taken with Sparky the Firehouse Dog, or bounce in the Firedog Bounce House, sponsored by Cottage Watchman. This year, the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit will be present for demonstrations at noon and 2:30 p.m.

Families can visit the vendor booths that will be on site where more information can be given on how to sign up for a free 10-year smoke alarm, how to sign your child up for Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts, or how to get involved in sponsoring children’s futures through programs with the Big Brother/Big Sister, The Bowen Center and the Hoosier Burn Camp.

Parents are encouraged to fill out a completed event evaluation form. This will then be entered into a drawing where they could choose a home safety kit, which will include a fire extinguisher and a carbon monoxide detector, that will be given away every 10 minutes during the event.

For questions on the event or to find out how to sponsor or participate in the event, contact the Pierceton Fire Department at 260-609-6982 or via Facebook at Pierceton Fire Rescue.