Fire Prevention Week 2015

Fire Prevention Week 2015

Every year in October, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) holds Fire Prevention Week. During this week, communities all over America host different events, activities, and workshops to help celebrate!

Fire Prevention Week was established in 1925 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. This tragic event killed more then 250 people, left thousands homeless, destroyed over 17,400 structures, and burned more then 2,000 acres. The event began on October 8th, but most of the damage occurred on October 9th.

Each year Fire Prevention Week is observed from Sunday to Saturday, in which October 9th falls. This year it will be observed Sunday, October 4th until Saturday, October 10th.

Each year a theme is picked to help celebrate! This year’s theme is Hear the beep, where you sleep. 


Check out here for some awesome printables and worksheets you can use with your kiddos! And learn from Sparky all about smoke alarm sounds!

The communities in Central Iowa are hosting some great events and activities to help celebrate Fire Prevention Week. Check out the list below and join in on the fun!


October 7th; 6 pm – 8 pm

Ankeny Fire Station #1 

There will be traditional interactive educational displays, displays of the posters from the Fire Department’s poster contest, a children’s firefighter challenge course, the fire safety house, opportunities to spray a real, working fire hose, a search maze to crawl through, a fire extinguisher trainer for teens and adults and more! You may even see a superhero!

This community event is free to the public and great for families to learn more about fire safety!

Ankeny Pancake Breakfast

October 10th; 7 am – 11 am 

Ankeny Fire Station #1 

As a part of Fire Prevention Week, the Ankeny Fire Departments Association Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, October 10 from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Fire Station Headquarters, 120 NW Ash Drive.

Fire Department personnel will serve breakfast that will include pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.

Admission to the event is free, but the Fire Department Association will be accepting free will donations. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the Ankeny Fire Department and Ankeny Fire Department Association projects.

Des Moines

October 4th; 1 pm – 4 pm

Fire Administration Building; 2715 Dean Avenue 

Fire Safety Interactive Displays
Fire Safety House—Blank Children’s Hospital  Fire Apparatus Displays
Fire Safety Movies
Face Painting, Clowns, and More!


October 10th; 10 am – 2 pm

Public Safety Building

Open House at the Public Safety Building, located at 6373 Merle Hay Road. Fire Station 2, at 10025 NW 62nd Avenue, will also be open for you to explore! The interactive open houses will feature demonstrations, fire prevention tips, tours and plenty of time for interaction with our firefighters!

Saylor Township

October 3rd; 11 am – 3 pm  

Saylor Township Fire Department 

We’re kicking off fire prevention week Saturday, October 3rd by hosting an open house from 11AM-3PM for everyone to come enjoy!

Here’s some things to look forward to:

– FREE Lunch served
– Apparatus Displays
– 1929 Fire engine
– Lifeflight Helicopter
– Free Photos
– Stop, Drop, & Roll
– Gifts for Kids
– Safety House

Unity Point Health: Fire Safety House

The Fire Safety House at Blank Children’s Hospital is a FREE education program designed to teach children important aspects of fire safety. The house offers hands-on learning to prepare children for the unexpected and frightening experience of a fire. In addition to teaching children about fire safety, the house can also be used to train children about what to do in severe weather such as thunderstorms and tornadoes.

West Des Moines

October 10th; 7 am – 11 am 

Station 17 – 1401 Railroad Avenue 

Join us for our Annual Open House & Pancake Breakfast to celebrate Fire Prevention Week.

This is a fundraiser for the West Des Moines Fire Department. Adults are $5.00, children $3.00 and children 3 and under are free.

We will have tours of the fire station and fire trucks, the Blank Fire Safety House, fire safety activities, and the Mercy One helicopter.


All of these events have been added to our event calendar! Am I missing your community’s event? Please let me know and I will get it added!

Reproduced from NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. © 2015 NFPA.


Erin Huiatt

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