Fire Prevention Week Open House offers a closer look at firefighting

People in La Crosse could meet the firefighters who keep them safe during the La Crosse Fire Department Open House on Saturday at Station 3, across from Central High School.

Fire Captain Kyle Soden, who specializes in fire prevention and building safety, said their big message this year is encouraging people to keep their bedroom door shut at night, which can give fire fighters the time needed to get you to safety during a fire.

Visitors could get a closer look at the station and its equipment during the event and also get more fire safety tips from experts.

“Everybody’s house is a little different. Everybody’s living arrangement is a little different. So it gives them an opportunity to come in and ask one-on-one questions with the fire department,” said Fire Captain Soden.

The event was part of La Crosse’s Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week is recognized nationally from October 7 th to October 13 th , but Fire Captain Soden said events are held early in La Crosse to avoid scheduling conflicts with Oktoberfest.