At an event during this first weekend of October, families can enjoy crafts, food, music and more – all while learning about fire safety and prevention.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, the event, hosted by The State College Home Depot, and located at its store at 2615 Greentech Drive, will include demonstrations of emergency vehicles, including an EMS truck, a brush truck, a fire engine, a police car and two helicopters; workshops in which kids can build wooden helicopters, an appearance by Smokey the Bear, free hot dogs for everyone, and Home Depot gift bags for the first 100 guests. There will also be music provided by radio station B94.5, and plenty of information available about home and forest fire prevention and awareness.
Though events like this are common for Home Depots to host, the State College Home Depot has never hosted one like it before. Courtney Klemme, Event Planner at The Home Depot, said the organization hopes this becomes an annual event.
“This event is important for kids to learn about fire prevention and awareness and adults to get a refresher,” Klemme said. “It’s also important for community togetherness.”
Klemme said The Home Depot asked Centre LifeLink EMS to attend the event because they knew having emergency vehicles on hand would get the kids excited. People from LifeLink will be at the event to set up the ambulance and give kids a tour of it.
“This event is going to be fun and educational for the kids and will hopefully get people thinking about the things they could do to be prepared for a fire and the what-to-dos in the case of a fire,” Klemme said.