October is Fire Prevention Month. More specifically, Fire Prevention Week runs from Sunday October 9, 2022 to Saturday October 15, 2022. Traditionally, Fire Stations around the Twin Cities host open houses and other Fire Prevention month events. Announcements for these events begin trickling in during the early summer, but most events are announced in October. Check back often to see what’s been announced or follow the links to last year’s event to learn more.
2022 Fire Prevention Month Events
This is a great month to indulge your future firefighter’s love of big red engines, and the Twin Cities has some opportunities for you to do that. There are actually two fire-related museums in Minnesota and several stations offers open houses during the month. For related fun, check out our Touch-A-Truck Calendar.
Shoreview Library, 4560 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126
Monday, September 26, 2022; 10:30am-11am and Tuesday, September 27, 2022; 6pm-6:30pm
Join Ramsey County Library & Lake Johanna Lake Fire Department for a special Fire Safety Storytime. Learn about fire safety, meet a firefighter, and explore a fire truck! Recommended for kids ages 2-5. Free. Drop in.
St. Anthony Fire Station, 3505 Silver Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022; 1-4 p.m.
Families can tour the fire trucks and the station and meet the firefighters. Other fun and educational activities include: safety booths; take-home activity for the kids; kitchen safety trailer, and an obstacle course. FREE.
24100 Smithtown Rd, Shorewood, MN 55331
October 6, 2022; Time TBA (5:30-8pm?)
Families can participate in activities, watch demonstrations, peruse displays. There will be opportunities for fire truck rides!
7071 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55432
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022; 10am-2pm.
Learn about fire safety, meet firefighters, take a vehicle tour, and see the new fire station and firefighting equipment.
Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
According to the city’s website, highlights may include exhibits, demonstrations, and City vehicles and equipment.
Hopkins Fire Station, 101 17th Avenue S., Hopkins, MN 55343
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The city hosts an annual Fire Prevention event open house that includes fire truck rides, hands-on demos and free food.
Fire Station 1, 2700 Vierling Drive E., Shakopee, Minnesota 55379
Monday, Oct. 10, 2022; 5-7 p.m.
All kinds of activities for Fire Prevention Week – refreshments, fire truck tours and the opportunity to spray a fire hose and rescue a teddy bear from a training room. The vehicle fire demonstration will be at 6 p.m. FREE.
Central Fire Station, 14550 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, Minnesota 55345
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022; 5-8 p.m.
Explore the Central Fire Station, go on a fire truck ride and view interactive demonstrations. FREE. Drop in.
Fire Station No. 1, 1427 Newton Avenue, Burnsville, MN 55337
Thursday, Oct. 13; 5:30-7:30pm.
Tour fire engines and ambulances, meet firefighters, and learn how to create an escape plan for your home.
White Bear Lake Library, 2150 2nd Street, White Bear Lake Minnesota 55110
Friday, October 14, 2022; 10:30am-11am
Join Ramsey County Library & White Bear Lake Fire Department for a special Fire Truck Storytime. Learn about fire safety, meet a firefighter, and explore a fire truck! Recommended for kids ages 2-5. Free. Drop In.
11955 Champlin Dr, Champlin, MN 55316-2379
Saturday, October 15, 2022; 10am-2pm
Look inside squad cars and fire trucks, watch Firefighters demonstrations and tour the jail. Kids can color and there will be food trucks onsite. Free. Drop In.
Fire Station Tours Anytime
Many Fire Stations offer tours by appointment throughout the year. If you don’t see your local station on this list, you can call their non-emergency number to inquire about tours.
- Saint Paul: To schedule a free tour, choose a fire station from this list, call the Fire Captain of the station to arrange a tour time.
- Minnetonka: Tours can be scheduled through the public education specialists by calling 952.939.8331.
- Inver Grove Heights: Call the Fire Operations Supervisor at 651-450-4303 to book a 30-45 minute tour.
- St. Louis Park: Offers tours by appointment by calling 952-924-2595.
- Burnsville: Contact Fire Administration at 952-895-4570 to schedule a tour.
- Eden Prairie: Station tours can be scheduled most Mondays and Fridays during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Call the Fire Prevention Bureau 952-949-8556 at least a week in advance of all requests.
Museums Visit for Fire Prevention Month
664 22nd Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55418 United States
Located in Northeast Minneapolis near Edison High School, this small interactive museum offers kids a chance to climb on fire engines and try on firefighter gear. Open the 2nd & 4th Saturdays in 2022. PLEASE call ahead to confirm.
106 Old Hwy 61 S, Hinckley, MN 55037
Located a little over an hour north of the Twin Cities, this museum memorializes the 1894 Hinckley Fire. But hurry, the museum is only open May through mid-October. Find current hours and admission here.
- Hinckley Fire Museum
Fire Prevention Month Activities at Home
The good news is that, according to FEMA, children 14 and under are 50% less likely to die in a fire than the general population. The U.S. average over the last 10 years has only been 300-400 child deaths per year. I start there in hopes that I don’t add to your late-night worries. We have enough of those.
That said, according to Stanford Children’s Health, “Most child play related home fires begin in a bedroom or living room where children are left unattended. The majority of these fires are started by children playing with matches or lighters.” A little fire safety education can go a long way. We recommend starting with the list below:
- Test Your Smoke Alarms: Let your kids press the button while you cover your ears.
- Check Off A Safety List: This is a good month to review the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Winter Safety Checklist: For Your Home as a family. Let your kids check things off as you finish the checklist.
- Screen Time Fire Safety Fun: The kids page of the National Fire Prevention Association is Sparky.org. It offers a variety of printable activities and lesson plans as well as videos games and other fun things to explore.
- Family Movie Night: Families with younger kids may enjoy Planes: Fire and Rescue.
- Read About It: Pick up some books about firefighters and fire safety at the library. We recommend for for Headstrong Hallie!: The Story of Hallie Morse Daggett, the First Female “Fire Guard” by local author Aimée Bissonette
- Take Advantage of your library’s Bookflix subscription, where they pair a fun fiction book with an informative non-fiction book and add in some games at the end. Bookflix has two fire-themed pairings:
- Activities from Pinterest: Check out these fun ideas we’ve gathered on Pinterest.
Watch A Fire Prevention Video
Your young firefighters can watch this video from the National Fire Protection Agency (“NFPA”) about the Great Chicago Fire anytime. It features author Lauren Tarshsis (of the “I survived” books) interviewing Casey Grant of the NFPA.
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