MOUNT CARMEL — Boyer’s Food Market and local fire companies are again teaming up for a fire and emergency apparatus demonstration as part of Fire Prevention Week. The event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Boyer’s Third Street parking lot.
“By working with Boyer’s we have been able to reach out to more people to assist and answer questions regarding fire safety in our community,” said Mayor Philip “Bing” Cimino, who has worked with store manager Bill Shay in the effort.
Fire Prevention Week is in part a reminder of the Great Chicago Fire that started on Oct. 8, 1871. This year’s theme is “Look, listen, learn. Be aware, fire can happen anywhere.”
“It only takes a few minutes for your home to be engulfed in smoke and flames. We strongly suggest you equip your homes with smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors,” Cimino said.
Smoke detectors can cost as little as $4 to $5 while a CO detector is about $30. Testing is recommended on a monthly basis. And escape routes should also be developed and practiced.
“Once outside, you need to go to a designated meeting place, and never go back into the house for any reason,” Cimino said.
Members of the local fire department will display and discuss trucks and equipment and answer questions at Saturday’s event. Caution is advised in entering and exiting the parking lot.