Learn the true danger of a fire and how to keep yourself safe from a fire during the Fire Prevention Week Kickoff this Saturday in Quincy.

The Quincy Fire Department will host their annual Fire Prevention Week Kickoff on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Quincy Mall parking lot by Bergners. Firefighters will have a series of activities for children to participate in including the Fire Safety House. The public is invited to attend, and children are encouraged to participate.

The Fire Prevention Week Kickoff will have a new feature. To help Quincy residents understand how dangerous home fires are and to inform them of the steps they can take to stay safer, the fire department will present a side-by-side fire sprinkler burn demonstration at 1 p.m.

“As you know, fire is a serious concern in our community. Homes are where citizens are most vulnerable. In fact, more than 80 percent of all fire deaths occur at home,” said firefighter Jerry Mast in a press release issued by the fire department.

“We will be constructing two fire demonstration units for this live burn—both will have smoke alarms and one will have a fire sprinkler system installed so we can show the audience the life-saving difference that sprinkler make when fire strikes. The other cube will not have a sprinkler installed and will show the audience how destructive a fire really is and how fast it can engulf an entire room,” he said.

The Quincy Fire Department will have firefighters on the scene as well as fire apparatus. They will also provide an education briefing as part of the event. The fire demonstration will last approximately 45 minutes. TGI Fridays and Pepsi are donating food and drinks to be sold, with all proceeds going to the Quincy Fire Department for future public education events. For more information, call the fire department at 217-228-4459.