EdVenture to kick off Fire Prevention Week by hosting “Tame the Flame” event – Sept. 28

EdVenture will kick off National Fire Prevention Week a few days early by hosting “Tame the Flame” Saturday, Sept. 28.

“For nearly two decades, we have partnered with EdVenture by providing educational hands-on activities,” State Fire Marshal’s Community Risk Reduction Chief Josh Fulbright said. “This well-attended event helps us kick off National Fire Prevention Week with a focus on educating the public and bringing awareness to all aspects of fire safety.”

This year, National Fire Prevention Week is October 6 – 12. The campaign theme is “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!” and focuses on educating everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

“Kids of all ages will learn about fire and life safety from a host of activities,” Fulbright said.

The 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. event offers several learning opportunities throughout the day. Fire trucks will be on site as firefighters display the tools and equipment used to fight a fire. The day will end with a Home Fire Sprinkler Burn at 2 p.m. This demonstration will show how home fire sprinklers can quickly extinguish a fire.

Other activities include:
• Car seat installations and checks (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
• Forks-N-Flames – Interactive, family-style cooking demonstration with firefighters
• Home Safe Home – EdVenture’s 4-D theater experience teaches families the most common causes of home fires and how to be fire safe in their homes.
• Dalmatian Station – This simulated fire station has a fire truck, bunker coats, and fire hats for a realistic creative play area. Families can also plan and practice an escape from a home fire.
• Reading with Firefighters – Pop-up reading sessions
• Puppet Shows – Conducted by Marion City Fire Department
• Spark-to-Flame – Electricity demonstration conducted by Mid-Carolina Electrical Co-Op
• Firefighter Selfies – Photography opportunities with firefighters
• SLED Arson Demonstration – Canine “Maggie” will demonstrate her skills at detecting intentionally set fires with her handler.

“Our goal each and every day is to address preventable fire deaths,” Fulbright said. “Our research shows that most residential fires are related to human activities. Since January 2019, there have been 42 fire fatalities in South Carolina; of these, 89 percent were residential fires, with known causes linking back to smoking and electrical issues in the home.”

The event is free with paid admission to the museum. For more information, visit www.edventure.org.