PISCATAWAY, NJ - In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, Piscataway’s Holmes Marshall Fire Company is hosting an open house on Saturday, October 12 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The family-friendly, free open house will feature a fire truck show and tell, a burning house, search and rescue demonstrations, and Arbor Hose Company’s tactical vehicle will be on display.

Junior firefighters will also be able to put out a fire and will receive a fire prevention hat, coloring book and other handouts on the importance of learning fire safety in order to keep the family protected.

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, Fire Prevention Week is held annually during the week of October 9 because of the historic Great Chicago Fire in 1871. The devastating fire killed 250 people and left more than 100,000 residents homeless while destroying over 17,000 buildings and burning more than 2,000 acres of land.

Fire Prevention Week began in 1922 and was made a national observance three years later by President Calvin Coolidge. It always begins on October 9 because the Great Chicago Fire started on October 8. The theme of Fire Prevention Week 2019 is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”

The Holmes Marshall Fire Company is located at 5300 Deborah Drive in Piscataway. For more information, call Chief William Jackson, Jr. at (732) 420-9004.

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