Controlled Fires Capture Attention At Gov.’s Fire Prevention Day

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (WCCO) — The 15th Governor’s Fire Prevention Day brought the heat to an already scorching day at the Minnesota State Fair.

The event is meant to inform the public about fire prevention, but also how to react if a fire were to break out.

“Ninety-nine percent of fires are preventable,” said Dan Bernardy, Chairman of the Governor’s Fire Prevention Day Committee and a 28-year veteran of the Inver Grove Heights Fire Department. “They’re human behavior mishaps. It’s very important that we learn and share with our family how to be fire safe.”

A big draw to the event was the demonstrations. Trailers with common but potentially dangerous situations such as grease fires in a kitchen were monitored by the almost 900 staff members.

Aside from fire prevention training, people were also briefed on various medical procedures.

“You can learn CPR, how to use an AED,” Bernardy said. “And how to escape from a building that’s on fire.”

A half-dozen fire engines, fireboat and airboat were also on display for fair-goers to check out.

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