To celebrate and kickoff National Fire Prevention Week in Waco, Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum is partnering with the university’s Department of Public Safety, the Waco Fire Department, American Red Cross, American Medical Response and other local first responders from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3. Fire hats and badges will be available for the first 500 participants who will also have the opportunity to explore emergency vehicles and meet goldendoodle Liberty, American Medical Response's (AMR) therapy dog.
At 4:30 p.m., the day will end with a real fire drill. Visitors and staff will hear the alarm and evacuate the museum.
Treats will be available for purchase from local food trucks. Fire Safety Day is included in the price of admission. Baylor University students and Mayborn Museum members will receive free admission.
Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of Oct. 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on Oct. 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.