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Las Vegas Fire & Rescue hosts open house

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas
Fire and Rescue held a special event Saturday, marking the last day of Fire Prevention
Week. Firefighters are doubling down on their message, after a string of
serious fires over the last few days.

From blowing produce to
pieces to showing daring demonstrations, Saturday’s Fire Prevention Week Open House
is fun for the whole family.

“My favorite part today
was the watermelon exploding. It was cool,” said Thomas Hendrich — Las
Vegas local.

But even with all the ghoulish
games, there’s a more serious message here. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue hopes
events like this educate the public and help them become better prepared in the
case of a fire.

“When the smoke alarm
comes off, you get on the ground and you feel the door,” Thomas said. “If it’s
hot, then you go to the other door, and get out of the house and meet
somewhere.”

“You feel the door with
the back of your hand, if it’s cold, then you go out that way,” Elizabeth
Hendrich said.

Firefighters say their main
goal is to keep the community safe.

“We want to make sure
that people aren’t doing unsafe practices out there,” said Moke Sasaoka of
Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

There are a handful of
fire-related deaths in Las Vegas each year. Just this past week — during Fire Prevention
Week — three major fires have happened, one of which, claimed two lives.

“That just shows you
the importance of getting that message out there, of being fire safe and being
aware about matches and candles and all the hazards that are out there,”
Sasaoka said.

That’s a message parents are
happy their children are hearing.

“This is something that
they’re going to remember for the rest of their life, and hopefully a few of
these tips that they learn here today and see, will also stick with them,”
Eddie Hendrich said.