KENDALL PARK, NJ - In honor of Fire Prevention Week, the Kendall Park Volunteer Fire Company is hosting an open house on Saturday, October 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The family-friendly, free open house features Sparky the Fire Dog, demonstrations of the department's equipment, hot dogs, popcorn, free kids tees, sand art, safety giveaways and raffles. Residents will get timely information on the importance of learning fire safety in order to keep the family protected. 

Fire Prevention week is held annually on 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 Kendall Park Volunteer Fire Company is located at 125 New Road. Saturday's open house will be held rain or shine.