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Visit your fire station, learn about safety during National Fire Prevention Week

Local fire departments are highlighting ways to stay safe during National Fire Prevention Week. And your kid can explore a fire truck too.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

National Fire Prevention Week runs next Monday through Friday. And at least two local fire departments are planning some special activities that kids and families will enjoy.

Raleigh residents are invited to visit any Raleigh Fire Department from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. You'll get to meet the firefighters, take a look at the stations and check out the equipment. Raleigh firefighters also will visit the Chick-fil-A restaurants at Capital Crossing and Falls Village on Tuesday during their weekly kids nights. And the department will have a special display in Crabtree Valley Mall's promotional court during regular mall hours Oct. 7, Oct. 8 and Oct. 9. You'll be able to learn about fire prevention, get your blood pressure checked and more.
In Cary, the town's annual Safety Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Rd. The town's fire and police departments, along with Cary EMS and more will be on hand.

The Kids's Combat Challenge, open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will be the main event with an obstacle course that includes an inflatable slide, a stop, drop and roll station, a hose carry and a dummy drag. Participants will be divided into three age groups. All participants will get a T-shirt while they last and the winners will be awarded a trophy.

The 2010 theme for fire prevention week is "Smoke Alarms: A sound you can live with."  According to the National Fire Protection Association, smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a reported fire in half.

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