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The fire alarms and truck sirens will whine Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. during a state-sponsored fire drill aimed at expanding public awareness of fire safety.

But individual Salt Lake-area fire departments will be in on the act as well, hosting open houses at fire stations, giving school presentations and some participating in a "Fire Chief For a Day" drawing for children age 3 to 12 who register at McDonalds restaurants.The events are all part of National Fire Prevention Week, which runs Sunday, Oct. 8, through Saturday, Oct. 14. The statewide fire drill Tuesday evening follows the theme "Plan to get out alive." Utah families are being asked to develop a fire escape plan for their homes that gives every family member two escape routes. The families are then encouraged to practice evacuating during the 6:30 p.m. drill Tuesday.

Radio and television stations plan to announce the drill, and fire engines from a number of stations in the county will blow their sirens and whistles to mark the start of the drill.

Many individual departments hope to increase public awareness of fire safety by hosting mall demonstrations, visiting schools and holding open houses at fire stations.

Salt Lake County is also offering a special incentive to residents of unincorporated areas by selling coupons for $2 that can be exchanged for a fire alarm at Home Club. The county will have fire trucks in the parking lots of both Home Club locations, 4697 S. 900 East and 5585 S. Redwood Road, where the coupons can be purchased between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

County Fire Chief Larry Hinman said there have been eight fire-related fatalities in Salt Lake County so far this year. Seven of those fatalities occurred in houses not equipped with a fire alarm, he said.

Some homes need several smoke alarms to ensure adequate warning in the event of a fire, Hinman said.

The calendar of special events for National Fire Prevention Week includes:

Salt Lake City

Fire Chief for a Day presentation Tuesday; fire department clowns, displays and equipment at Crossroads Mall Wednesday and again at the ZCMI Mall Thursday; ribbon cutting and dedication ceremonies Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the new Station No. 4, 830 E. 11th Ave.; open houses at all fire stations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. all week.

West Valley City

Fire equipment demonstrations Tuesday at 6 p.m. at McDonalds, 3450 W. 3500 South; open house at all fire stations Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Chief For a Day drawing Saturday at 9:30 a.m.


Fire drills coordinated by the fire department at Murray schools. Fire stations aren't holding special open houses but regularly welcome visitors, preferably after 4 p.m.

West Jordan

Chief For a Day winner chosen Saturday and honored the following Monday.


Tours and puppet shows at the headquarters station, 9010 S. 150 East, each day. Open houses with refreshments at all stations from noon until 8 p.m. each day with firefighting demonstrations each night at 7. Proper use of fire extinguishers will be taught at the headquarters station each night at 6.

South Salt Lake

Poster contest in schools. Visitors are welcome at the fire station.

Unincorporated Salt Lake County

Fire trucks stationed at the two Home Club locations all week where unincorporated county residents can get coupons to buy a smoke alarm for $2. Firefighters will perform residential inspections on request and will check and replace smoke alarm batteries free. The inspections are not limited to fire prevention week.


The Bountiful Fire Department is participating in the Fire Chief of the Day program and will have an open house at its station nightly during Fire Week, featuring guest speakers, handout information, movies and a drawing for home safety products.


The Clinton Fire Department's open house is set for 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. A demonstration on "The Chemistry of Fire" is scheduled.


The Kaysville Fire Department will hold its annual open house Monday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 11, 6-9 p.m.

South Davis

The South Davis Fire District will have an open house 8 a.m. to dusk Saturday, Oct. 14, at its three stations in West Bountiful, North Salt Lake and Centerville.

Firefighting equipment and video presentations will be on display all day, and the district's educational robot fire truck, "Freddy the Fire Engine," will move from station to station during the day, giving demonstrations and educating young persons.

South Weber

An open house is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the South Weber Fire Department.


In Sunset, the department will hold an open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. The department is participating in the FIre Chief of the Day program in addition to holding its annual coloring contest for children and sending crews into the city's elementary schools for educational presentations.