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Fire Prevention parade held in Lafayette

Posted at 11:56 AM, Oct 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-18 00:28:42-04

The Lafayette Fire Department invited parents and their children to participate in a “drive-by” parade on Saturday, October 17th.

Firefighters say the event was part of their month long Fire Prevention Week campaign to reduce house fires in Lafayette Parish.

The drive-by parade took place at the department's Fire Prevention Bureau, located at 2100 Jefferson Street.

Parents were able to drive through the parking lot where a fire truck, aerial ladder and fire safety house were display. The first 200 children received a fire safety goody bag along with pizza and a drink. Sparky, the department's mascot, was also hand to wave at the kids as they pass by.

The parade and the week itself are important tools to educate the community on fire safety.

"Particularly in educating in kitchen fire safety," said Alton Trahan with the Lafayette Fire Department. "We know that half of the home fires in Lafayette as well as throughout the nation start in the kitchen. So if we give them the safety tips of how to be safe in the kitchen and how to be safe in the home to prevent fires, to prevent injuries, we think we're doing a great job."

Afterwards, LFD called the parade "a hit." If you missed it and want to watch, the parade was streamed on the fire department's Facebook page.

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