Wausau house fire smoke filledEvery year 3,500 people die in house fires. Most of these deaths could be prevented with working smoke detectors. I’m guessing that we all have smoke detectors in our homes, but do we know how they work and why they are important?

The public is invited to learn about the importance of smoke detectors firsthand. The Wausau Fire Department burned the contents of a room in a house that will be demolished to provide a learning opportunity for the community. The public is invited to walk through the house to see the results of a small fire in a home and the dangers it presents.

The walk through is this Friday, May 5, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m at 1502 N 2nd Street, Wausau., This is one block South of Bridge Street behind Loppnow’s Bar and Kreger’s Bakery & Deli.

More information on smoke alarms can be found at the U.S. Fire Adminstration.

A working smoke alarm can help you and your family escape a deadly home fire. It can also help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning home for residents. A working smoke alarm continuously scans the air for smoke, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It never sleeps.