WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Friday marks the 150th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire.
That's why fire departments around the country are taking part in fire safety week.
At the West Lafayette Farmer's market Wednesday anyone can practice putting out a fire. The West Lafayette Fire Department will have a booth at Cumberland Park from 3:30 until 7:00 p.m.
The fire department will have a booth set up with a hose weighed down by sand. That's so it feels as heavy as it would if it were filled with water, and people of all ages can try to put out a digital fire using a laser from the hose.
There will also be a training session with an electronic fire extinguisher. West Lafayette Fire Chief Jeff Need said the community should take advantage of this learning opportunity.
"That's a message that's kind of new for us that we're really wanting to put out to our community," he said. "Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher? They're hanging in almost every public building. You know, they're hanging in every fraternity, sorority, and every commercial building in our community. But do you really know how to use it?">
Certified car seat technicians will also be present at the Farmer's Market today. They can help anyone who needs a car seat installed to do it properly.
Need said fire safety is especially important this time of year.
"You know it's no coincidence either that we have it going into winter," Need told News 18. "Because everybody, you know, has fires in their fireplaces, we have heaters, we have candles for Christmas decorations and things that can cause problems and cause fires during those winter months so it's important to focus on that right ahead of winter."
Chief Need also encourages the community to check the batteries in their smoke detectors.