FAIRFIELD, NJ — Hundreds of community members visited Fire Station No. 2 on Saturday to enjoy the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department's first open house in several years, where participants learned about fire safety through live demonstrations and free literature for them to take home. 

Fairfield Fire Marshall and Assistant Chief William Smith explained that the open house was held in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Month, which is dictated annually by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during the month of October.

The demonstrations and literature handed out on Saturday taught guests about how to prepare for all types of emergencies, such as fires, hurricanes, power outages, flooding and more.

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"Today's open house is geared towards public safety and fire safety," said Smith. "We want to help make people aware of how to escape their homes in case of fire, make sure that their smoke alarms work, and teach them how to use fire extinguishers."

Fairfield mother Erica Santalla, who attended with her sons, Grayson and Preston, thanked the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department for hosting the event.

"Thank you, Fairfield Fire Department for making one of my son Grayson's dreams come true," said Santalla. 

The NFPA is an international nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association's official mascot, Sparky the Fire Dog, was also on hand during Fairfield's event to help promote fire safety education for children.