La Crosse firefighters talk fire safety at open house

Public invited to view demonstrations and review fire safety measures

Hundreds visited with the La Crosse Fire Department Saturday for their annual open house event.

As the temperatures continue to cool down, some may start putting on the heat in the house. With heaters kicking in for the first time of the year, officials say fires can occur, which means it’s the perfect time to revisit fire safety tips.

The La Crosse Fire Department invited the public to tour their Fire Safety House, view fire demonstrations and review fire prevention materials.

One lieutenant said it’s especially important for kids to learn fire safety tips because fires happen and the knowledge they learn could make a huge difference in the outcome.

“We’ve had parents come up to us after the fact, years later, that say their kids remember going through the fire safety house, or remember what they learned in the programs when they unfortunately had a fire in the house but they attribute these programs,” said Lt. Kyle Soden with the La Crosse Fire Department.

It’s important to test your smoke alarms every month, make sure you have one on each floor of the house and change the batteries twice a year.