DES MOINES, Iowa- The city of Des Moines is marking Fire Prevention week with some special activities, including proclamations from the mayor and governor, and an event for children today (Wednesday).
Des Moines Fire Inspector Brian O'Keefe firefighters will be reading to children at local libraries and hosting a larger event today after school at Four Mile Community Center on Easton Boulevard.
He says they'll have their Fire Safe House on scene, as well as fire-trucks, and fire safety educational programs, face painting, and careers in fire service.
The Fire Safe House includes theatrical smoke and other inter-active features. He says this year's theme is "Look, listen, learn, beware fire can happen anywhere."
O'Keefe says fires are down, but more synthetic materials are used on the exterior of homes and inside as well, which means fire can spread faster.
He says by the end of the year, it's likely firefighters will have recorded 25-thousand calls.
(Photo from Des Moines Firefighters Facebook)