Mishawaka fire departments teaching the ABCs of extinguishing flames

Published: Oct. 11, 2016 at 11:15 AM EDT
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Mishawaka firefighters are celebrating National Fire Prevention Week and inviting the community to come down to their fire stations to learn more about keeping their home safe.

This week the open house schedule is as follows:

Tuesday Oct. 11th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Station 4 on 3000 E. Harrison Rd.

Wednesday Oct. 12 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Station 1 on 600 S. Union St.

Thursday Oct. 13 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Station 3 on 333 E. Douglas Rd.

Firefighters will hold fire safety demonstrations where people will learn about choosing the right fire extinguisher and how to properly use it.

City of Mishawaka Fire Marshall George Schafer says homeowners should get an all-purpose dry chemical extinguisher that cover the ABCs.

“The A is your ordinary combustibles— what we call ordinary combustibles in a fire service— paper, wood, plastic, rubber products. Then you go to the combustible liquids as the class B type fires, then you go to the class C type fires which are energized electrical fires; those are the most common types of fires that are going to occur or experience in your life.”

Schafer says to start extinguishing from 6 or 8 feet back and aim at the base of the fire and “sweep” back and forth.

There will be food and drinks at the open houses as well as entertainment for kids like face painting and a bounce house.