Open House at the fire station Wednesday evening!

The Sleepy Eye Fire Department will observe Fire Prevention Week, next week, along with fire departments across the country. Activities the fire department traditionally carries out for students include a poster contest for fifth grade students, featuring this year’s theme—Every second counts, Plan two ways out—with winners announced next week; kindergarten classes will tour the fire station and learn fire safety lessons; and unannounced fire drills will be conducted at each school.

The community is invited to an open house at the fire station on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m., with station tours, truck and equipment displays, fire extinguisher demonstrations, door prizes and supper. The department will also conduct Operation EDITH (Exit Drill In The Home) starting at 6 p.m. that evening. Residents are asked to practice a fire drill in the home, decide on a meeting place outside the home. Firetrucks will be driven around town with sirens screaming—turn on your outside lights to show participation (and go out and wave to the firefighters.)