Learning about fire safety in Lake County

This weekend marks the end of the National Fire Prevention Association’s fire prevention week. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out” and fire departments across Lake County are hosting open houses and events to allow children to get up close with the firefighters and their equipment. 

Check out a local event and plan your own escape routes with tools from the NFPA

Cook Library’s Touch the Trucks

10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Oct. 14

Cook Park, 413 North Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville

Held on Church street lining Cook Park, vehicles from the LIbertyville Fire Depart and other community organizations will be open for children to climb aboard and explore. The first hour will feature no horns for children bothered by loud noise. 

Police-Fire Open House

10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Oct. 14

Winnetka Fire and Police Departments, 410 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka

The community is invited to tour the headquarters of both the fire and police departments, view equipment demonstrations and sit in public safety vehicles. 

Waukegan Fire Department Open House

11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Oct. 14

Waukegan Fire Station #2, 4505 McGaw Rd., Waukegan

Meet local heroes while taking fire station tours and seeing the trucks. The department will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as hosting giveaways. 

Libertyville Fire Department Open House

1 – 4 p.m., Oct. 14

Libertyville Fire Station #1, 1551 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville

Tour the station, watch demonstrations and interact with the firefighters while climbing inside a fire truck and spraying a real hose. Children can take the Kiddie Combat Challenge and learn how to escape a house fire. 

Pancake Breakfast & Open House

7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Oct. 15

Grayslake Fire Station #1, 160 Hawley St., Grayslake

Pancake breakfast for the whole family. Adults are $6 and children ages 5-12 are $4, children younger than 5 eat free. The fire house will also be open for tours and time with the trucks. 

North Chicago Public Safety Fair

10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Oct. 21

North Chicago City Hall, 1850 Lewis Ave., North Chicago

This free family event will feature fire and police demonstrations, vehicles, food and trick-or-treating for the kids. 

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