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Extracation from a car, cooking frozen turkeys, house fires among demonstrations at open house


Showing how not to cook a frozen turkey is one of the demonstrations planned Saturday at the Perrysburg Township fire department open house.

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A car will be chopped up, a turkey will get burnt, children will learn how to ride bikes, and Perrysburg Township Fire Chief Tom Brice will be barbecuing hamburgers and hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for the fire department's open house.

The Perrysburg Township fire station is at 26609 Lime City Rd.

Three demonstrations at the fire department include an auto extrication where the jaws of life cut the vehicle up. The department will show residents what not to do through a kitchen and turkey fire. 

"We do a turkey fire to show how not doing it properly can start a fire," Chief Brice said. "From not thawing it enough or having too much oil in the pan, it causes fires and someone could get hurt or killed."

He also will demonstrate a kitchen fire. It is to teach residents about grease fires and how to properly put them out. Also, the basics of not leaving things on the stove, or in the oven. 

The fire safety trailer will be on hand for children to pretend to put out fake fires. There also will be two bouncy houses.

The fire station will also be open to walk through and check out equipment.

"It is nice to show off our facilities and equipment," Chief Brice said. "It's always a good turnout, it has increased every year."

It is the fourth open house. Chief Brice expects about 200 people. 

This year the open house is joining with the police department, which will hold a bike safety training. Police officers will check bikes and go over basic safety rules.

"We'll have a safety course and go over rules of the road," Police Chief Mark Hetrick said. "There will be helmets raffled off, and kids will get stuff through giveaways."

Contact Matt Thompson at:, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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