Fire Prevention Week promotes family, pet safety

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 5 -11. In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, the Minneapolis Fire Department and the Firefighters Hall and Museum will hold events designed to help folks have fun while learning how to keep their families and pets safe.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, the museum will hold an all-day open house to help people learn about preventing home fires, which is the theme of National Fire Prevention Week this year. The free open house will provide fire safety tips and give kids of all ages the opportunity to slide down a fire pole, ride a fire truck and much more. During the open house, the "1st Annual Best (of the rest) In Show" event will take place outside the museum, giving pet owners a chance to show off their dogs and learn ways to keep their pets safe.

Minneapolis Fire Department Open House
and "1st Annual Best (of the rest) In Show" dog event

9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11
Firefighters Hall and Museum
664 22nd Ave. N.E.

Come for the free information, activities and snacks, and stay for the complimentary admission to the Fire Museum, which contains a 12,000 square-foot exhibit on Fire Department history.

The "1st Annual Best (of the rest) In Show" event will run from 10 a.m. to noon, and it’s a great opportunity for folks to show off their dogs and meet other pet owners. It’s also a chance to receive information on pet safety from a variety of partners at the event, including Minneapolis Animal Care & Control, Hearing & Service Dogs of Minnesota, the Canine Coach, BART, the Humane Society, and others.

All dogs entered in the show will receive a ribbon for a variety of quirky categories, including "Best in Mystery Breed" and "Best in Smile." People who wish to register their dogs will be asked to make a $10 donation to the Firefighters Hall and Museum, although people who aren’t able to make the donation will still be able to enter their dogs to take part.

For more information on the open house or to register your pet for the event, visit www.firehallmuseum.org or contact Casidy Anderson at (612)919-7790. Pet registration forms are also available at Minneapolis fire stations, dog parks, and some local pet stores.

Published Sep 23, 2008