Family-Friendly (Free!) Activities for Fire Prevention Week 2019

Fire Prevention Week is October 6–12 this year, and many local fire stations have activities for the whole family! This is a great way for kids to learn about safety in the event of a fire and become familiar with local firefighters. Some of the activities included in this year’s Fire Prevention Week include touch a truck, visits with the firefighters, exploring the latest trucks and equipment, games, and tours of the fire house. The best part? All of them are free!

Fire Prevention Week 2019

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District Open House
October 5, 2019 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
7550 Lyman Ave
Darien, IL 60561
This open house will feature a tour of the facility, live burn, vehicle extrication, and firefighter fashion show. For the junior firefighters join in on the fun giveaways, make your own button, pumpkins, firefighter photo booth and more!

Frankfort Fire Department Public Safety Expo
October 5, 2019 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Home Depot
20101 S. LaGrange Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
Come out for fire engines, safety demonstrations, and informational materials. Other vendors at the event include: K-9 Tailshakers, Frankfort Library, Frankfort Police, 911 Center, Target, Will County EMA, Old Plank Trail Bank, Frankfort Road and Bridge, Home Depot Children’s Workshop, Arctic Snow Removal and JULIE.

Lemont Fire Department Open House
October 5, 2019 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lemont Fire Protection District
15900 New Avenue
Lemont, IL 60439
This open house features tours of the station, hose demonstrations, kids firefighter dress up, ladder truck candy drop, gator rides, sparky the firedog, facepainting, and fire safety challenges.

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Tinley Park Fire Department Open House
October 5, 2019 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tinley Park Fire Station #1
17355 68th Court
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Practice fire safety drills, free training on hands-only CPR, and a junior firefighting challenge.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Mokena Lions Club and Fire District Pancake Breakfast and Open House
October 6, 2019 | 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Mokena Fire Station #1
19853 S. Wolf Road
Mokena, IL 60448
Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausages while you view live safety demonstrations. Walk through a fire safety trailer, see a car extrication, and climb aboard a fire engine. Accepting donations of canned goods, paper goods, and toiletries for the Frankfort Township Food Pantry.

Mokena Lions Club and Fire District Pancake Breakfast and Open House
October 6, 2019 | 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Mokena Fire Station #1
19853 S. Wolf Road
Mokena, IL 60448
Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausages while you view live safety demonstrations. Walk through a fire safety trailer, see a car extrication, and climb aboard a fire engine. Accepting donations of canned goods, paper goods, and toiletries for the Frankfort Township Food Pantry.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Fire Prevention Open House (Western Springs)
October 7, 2019 | 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Western Springs Fire Department
4353 Wolf Road
Western Springs, IL 60558
This open house will feature the firefighter challenge course! They will also have rides on the fire engine, or try a slide down the fire pole. Attendees will learn about fire prevention in the “safety house,” watch a vehicle extraction demonstration, have a picture taken with Sparky the fire dog, check out the fire apparatus on display, and see how fire sprinklers can save lives.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Night at the Firehouse (Downers Grove)
October 9, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Downers Grove Fire Station 5
6701 S. Main St
Downers Grove, IL 60516
Take a station tour, see demonstrations and get acquainted with the fire staff. Lots to see and learn about fire safety for kids and families at this event, held during Fire Prevention Week.

Fire Station 45 Open House (Lombard)
October 9, 2019 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Lombard Fire Station 45
50 E. St. Charles Rd
Lombard, IL 60148
The open house event will take place in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week. The event is open to all residents. Attendees will be able to enjoy games, get to know Lombard Firefighters, and learn about the importance of working smoke alarms.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Calumet City Fire Department Open House
October 12, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Calumet City Fire Department Station #2
1270 Pulaski Rd.
Calumet City, IL 60409
Activities include a car fire, extrication demonstration, mobile smoke trailer, and fire simulators. There will be real hoses for kids to use! Goodie bags will be offered for the kids as well as other refreshments.

Homewood Fire Department Open House
October 12, 2019 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Homewood Fire Department
17950 Dixie Highway
Homewood, IL 60430
Come out for tours of the station, meet the firefighters, and learn about the department’s important functions.

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Plainfield Fire Department Open House
October 12, 2019 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Plainfield Fire Station
23748 W. 135th Street
Plainfield, IL 60544
Enjoy tours of the station, demonstrations, kids challenges, exhibits and more!

Fire Prevention Week Open House (Villa Park)
October 12, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Villa Park Fire House 81
1440 South Ardmore Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181
Join the Villa Park Fire Department for the 2019 Fire Prevention Week Open House. Families are welcome to enjoy a fire safety puppet show and watch a live fire demonstration. Apparatus and equipment will be on display. There will be multiple giveaways including junior firefighter helmets, stick-on badges, tattoos, raffle prizes and refreshments.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Elmhurst Fire Department Open House
October 13, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Elmhurst Fire Station #2
601 S. York Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Learn more about fire prevention and safety techniques via educational demonstrations and activities for the whole family.

Go to firepreventionweek.org for more information and activities for kids, such as smoke alarm music videos and printables.

For more kid-friendly events in the western suburbs, be sure to check out the Kidlist event calendar.

About the Author

Kristen Sheehan
Kristen is a Burbank native who settled with her family in New Lenox in 2016. She loves her new neighborhood and could not be happier with her new home. Kristen and her husband have three amazing children – two daughters, ages six years and 18 months, and a four year-old son. She also has a furry shih-tzu baby, who is 11 years old. The kids are active and energetic, but Kristen enjoys providing a mix of structured play/activities and downtime at home. She is passionate about keeping her family healthy and happy. During the winter, Kristen likes to go sledding and skating – as well as experiencing indoor play spaces. During the summer, she loves getting outside with her family – playgrounds, festivals, fairs, picnicking, bike riding, and trips to the zoo. Her kids love helping in the kitchen, and Kristen enjoys cooking and baking with them!

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