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Dartford fire station to throw its doors open to public

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:00 27 July 2016

The fire station on Watling Street is holding an open day next month

The fire station on Watling Street is holding an open day next month

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An open day takes place on August 6

Fire fighters in Dartford are inviting families to come to their local firestation for a family fun day next month.

On Saturday, August 6, the fire station will be open from 11am to 3pm.

The free event is aimed at families with primary school-aged children but everyone is invited.

The Watling Street station will provide information about the work of local firefighters.

Dartford’s watch manager, Dave Read, said: “Mealtimes can be a busy time for families and often residents find themselves trying to juggle many other tasks while trying to cook. It’s easy to get distracted by the phone ringing, the kids wanting your attention or a knock on the door, before you know it the food you left cooking unattended catches fire.

“Our chip pan fire demonstrations will show just how quickly a fire can start in the kitchen. These will be repeated throughout the day so you won’t miss out if you come for the afternoon instead.”

Visitors to the event next month will be able to experience the hazard perception room, crawling gallery and a host of other interesting and fun activities. The children can see the fire engines, dress up as fire fighters and put out pretend fires and at the same time, the whole family will learn vital fire safety skills.

Mr Read added: “We’ll do mock fire drills, talk about the best route out of the home and what to do in the event of a fire. We will also be encouraging families to test their smoke alarms and practice the fire escape plan regularly from different rooms in their homes so that the whole family is prepared in case of a real fire.”

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