The festival is held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week which held annually aims to remind residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly. According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Collingswood’s event will feature fun, prizes, food, music and more. Guests can enjoy carnival games, police cars and fire trucks, fire safety education, public safety demonstrations, hot dogs, hot chocolate, prizes, free child IDs, face painting and balloon twisting, music, mascots, entertainment and ask questions of local fire officials and law enforcement agencies.
“This is a great day to have fun with the community but there is a really important message along with all the entertainment and games,” said Collingswood Fire Chief Keith Davis. “Educating families and residents about fire and public safety saves lives. Any time we can share information about how to make homes safer it’s a great night. That’s the purpose and we’re so glad we can have a little fun with everyone while we spread that message.” Collingswood Police and Fire Departments as well as local vendors are pitching in for the event which aims to heighten crime prevention awareness and strengthen neighborhood spirit and community partnerships with police and fire departments. The event is staffed by volunteers from the Collingswood Police and Fire Departments, civic groups, government officials and local businesses.
See the Facebook event page here.