Open House offers tips and live fire demo

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department held an Open House and Fire Prevention Day Oct. 14 at the firehouse.

Residents were invited to use a fire extinguisher on live fire to practice how to put out a fire. There were also demonstrations by the volunteer firefighters. Two small buildings were constructed and then set on fire to show the difference in fire suppression between a home with a sprinkler system and one without. Captain Tim Limbos narrated the demos.

“Some other parts of the country have adopted residential sprinklers into their fire code, but Connecticut has not,” Limbos explained. “You can see the difference they make at keeping a fire at bay. It gives people a lot more time to get out of a house.”

A second structure was ignited and then observers could see how quickly the wooden building went up in flames.

Firefighters also demonstrated how much fire would result from putting a frozen turkey into a pot of boiling oil in an effort to show how not to cook a turkey during the demonstration.

There was also a demo of arson detection. Detective Paul Makuc of the state police’s Fire and Explosive Investigation Unit demonstrated how his accelerant detection dog, Cora, is able to search a fire scene and detect accelerant even after a building has burned to the ground.

Videos from the event are posted on the KVFD Facebook page.

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