UPDATE Oct. 3, 2014 / Then annual Public Safety Open House for 2014 is slated for 11AM-3PM Sat., Oct. 11. One of the new added attractions this year is a fashion show featuring the gear and uniforms needed by Naperville firefighters and police.
Oct. 2013 Post / Once again the Naperville Police and Fire Departments will be “Partnering for Prevention” during Public Safety Month in October. As is tradition, the annual open house is the first Saturday in October, 11AM to 2PM, Sat., Oct. 5, kicking off a month of educational activities throughout the city.
Considering that public safety is high in demand, the annual open house is a chance for all homeowners and their families to experience ways to become engaged, educated and updated regarding how to pay close attention to safety issues, helping to prevent accidents and crime in this fast-changing world. To steal a line from Crime Stoppers, “Keeping our community safe is everyone’s responsibility.”
For instance, drive carefully and follow the posted speed limit. In Naperville, the speed limit is 25 mph unless otherwise posted.
Be mindful that wireless providers urge drivers with smart devices never to text and drive via an initiative called “It Can Wait.” During the open house, residents will have an opportunity to participate by experiencing the AAA Distracted Driving Simulator. The simulator educates drivers about the dangers of texting and driving.
To help prevent burglaries, keep doors and windows locked at home, business and on vehicles. Be sure to close garage doors. Place indoor and outdoor lights on timers to give the appearance that the home is occupied.
Prepare, practice and prevent
“The purpose of initiative is to disseminate important crime and fire prevention information to the residents of Naperville and to encourage citizen action regarding crime and fire prevention strategies,” wrote Soraya McLaughlin, Education Specialist at the Naperville Fire Department. “Both departments firmly believe that citizens are the number one defense against fire and crime and want to spread the word that residents need to ‘Prepare, Practice and Prevent’ in order to keep their families safe.”
The Public Safety Open House will be held on Naperville’s Public Safety Campus located on Aurora Avenue. This must-see family-friendly event will include a variety of activities including an auto extrication and simulated DUI arrest along with a helicopter exercise, a demonstration by the Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team and a flashover fire demonstration.
A large display of fire and police vehicles and emergency equipment also will be on-site for close-up inspection.
The Public Safety Open House experience demonstrates to attendees how the Naperville firefighters and police officers prepare and practice to keep this community of nearly 150,000 residents safe.
The 1924 Ahrens-Fox, Naperville’s second piece of motorized fire apparatus has been fully restored and will also be proudly displayed. The ‘Joe Naper’, Naperville’s first hand pumper will also make an appearance and firefighters will demonstrate how it was used.
Some of the activities specifically for children include a hands-on Firefighter Challenge in which participants have the opportunity to squirt a real fire hose and a Police Challenge in which participants catch and jail a criminal.
Old favorites such as the evidence collection demonstration of fingerprint lifting, fire extinguisher training, and visits by Sparky and McGruff will be back again, too.
The Public Safety Open House is an educational event designed for the entire community, a perfect opportunity for all ages to gain valuable safety information that will benefit their families, neighborhoods and workplaces.
For more information about public safety education programs, visit www.naperville.il.us or e-mail Soraya McLaughlin at the NFD via email@example.com or Julie Smith at the NPF via firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few happenings here and there for Public Safety
Editor’s Note: If public safety is among your priorities, the three-hour Public Safety Open House will be well worth your time, especially when you can introduce youngsters to public safety officers who welcome their questions and comments. Visit this website throughout the month for many local public safety events.
Trick or Treat at Safety Town: Enjoy the costumed Halloween experience complete with safety tips on Sat., Oct. 19 at Safety Town, located on the southwest corner along River at Aurora.
Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation Monthly Meeting: The homeowners group will highlight Naperville Public Safety Month on Saturday morning, Oct. 19 beginning at 8 AM (for coffee and networking) and ending by 10AM in meeting rooms B&C of the Municipal Center. NAHC President Bob Fischer will lead the presentation with a focus on initiatives by Police and Fire Departments to protect residents, their homes and local businesses.
KidsMatter presents Your Digital Footprint: How can we create a generation of responsible Digital Citizens and keep our children safe online? KidsMatter will lead the discussion from 7 – 8:30PM on Tues., Oct. 22, at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 South Eagle Street.
Meet McGruff! Public Safety Month winds up with the Running Scared 5K hosted by Naperville Crime Stoppers.on Sat., Oct. 26. Dress up in costume again for this fun run that steps off and ends at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 2220 Lisson Rd., located along a scenic route in the southern part of the city.
Be prepared. Be a vigilant neighbor. Know when it’s smart to say something because you see something suspicious or out of the ordinary.
Soraya McLaughlin contributed greatly to this story.
Photos by PN.