The Whitehall Division of Fire is offering a variety of public activities and services Sunday, Oct. 7, through Oct. 13 in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week, including a rocket-building class Fire Chief Preston Moore will lead Oct. 13 at Whitehall Community Park, 402 N. Hamilton Road.

Residents also can schedule a free home inspection by calling the department's fire-prevention bureau at 614-231-3627.

Firefighters will visit residences and provide recommendations that could include the installation or testing of smoke detectors, keeping storage areas or debris away from furnaces, and pointing out misuse of extension cords, among other electrical-related observations, Moore said.

Capt. Dean Ortlieb will lead a Junior Firefighters Challenge in which children complete a timed course that includes carrying a fire hose and simulating putting out a fire.

Residents can call 614-327-5478 to schedule available times during Fire Prevention Week, Moore said.

Fire Prevention Week activities will conclude with a rocket-building class from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 at Whitehall Community Park.

COSI reached out to Whitehall to ask about scheduling a science-based activity for children, Moore said, adding he saw an opportunity to link an activity to Fire Prevention Week.

Moore, a former Cub Scout pack leader, said the rocket-building class will teach safety and provide children with a fun activity.

He said he will demonstrate how to safely assemble, pack and launch the model rockets.

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