The Aurora Regional Fire Museum located in Aurora, Illinois, is preparing for its grand opening of a new exhibition which includes fire sprinklers as a part of the museum’s home and life safety educational initiative. The exhibition, titled “Staying Safe: From Firehouse to Your House,” is an educational experience that incorporates a variety of elements related to home and life safety. The exhibit will provide visitors with an understanding of how fire can affect their families, and will demonstrate how they can safeguard their homes and families from fires in the home and in their surroundings. Visitors will also be able to identify the latest in fire safety technologies.
“This new exhibit provides an opportunity to bring together modern and historical information on fire and life safety. We were able to bring in pieces of the collection that show how the Aurora Fire Department taught fire prevention to school-aged children as well as contemporary and practical information related to fire safety,” said Brian Failing, Executive Director.
The “Staying Safe” exhibition focuses in part on home fire sprinkler protection. To demonstrate how a home fire sprinkler system looks and works in a home, a mini-house shows what a fire sprinkler system looks like behind the walls – from incoming water riser to the fire sprinklers themselves. Also in the house are multiple educational videos and a display that showcases two fire sprinklers with water running through them.
The “Staying Safe” exhibit had a soft opening leading into National Fire Prevention Week when the Museum hosted a Community Hero Day and Touch-a-Truck event on October 5. The event, which was attended by more than 800 people, provided the community with fire and safety education in a fun way. The goal was that children and families leave with a better understanding of fire safety. At the center of fire safety education at the Community Hero Day event was a fire sprinkler demonstration trailer, where the public could witness firsthand how quickly a fire sprinkler extinguishes a trash can fire.
In conjunction with the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, there will be a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the “Staying Safe: From Firehouse to Your House” on Friday, November 15, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., with the ribbon-cutting occurring at 4:00 p.m.
The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is a museum that preserves and exhibits the artifacts and history of Aurora and surrounding area fire departments. The museum originally opened in October of 1968 and was run by the fire department for the first 20 years of its existence. In 1988, it became the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that it still is today.