Fire Prevention Open House & Safety Fair

Thursday, October 3, 2019

5:30 pm-8:00 pm

The Open House is a fun filled evening for kids of all ages and adults. The evening is packed with fire and life safety activities, exhibits, and demonstrations. This is an educational event that has an array of interactive opportunities.

Ride a fire truck, learn CPR, and tour an ambulance. All area emergency response agencies will have educational booths, games, activities, and hands. Some of the participants are the Hennepin County Burn Unit, Missing Children Minnesota, 9-1-1 Dispatch, Excel Energy, Water Patrol, Mrs. M Animal Safety, and the Minnesota DNR.

Come join the EFD firefighter, Sparky the fire dog, and his friend Freddie the fire truck for a learning experience you will never forget.

Open House Flyer PDF

On October 3rd the Excelsior Fire District Firefighters are asking you to


 Take the Pledge, there are 2 ways:

  1.  Go to and take the pledge.
  2. At the Open House guests can take the pledge to Close Before They Doze by signing the Excelsior Fire District Pledge Door.


South Lake Minnetonka Police Department Open House

The Excelsior Fire District and South Lake Minnetonka Police have joined together to bring you double the safety, double the activities and double the fun!

List of EFD 2019 Fire Prevention Open House and Safety Fair displays, activities, games, and demonstrations.

The Grand Finale Close Before You Doze Live Burn at 7:45 PM.  This demonstration, sponsored by Lindstrom Restoration is where Open House guests can watch a dramatic, yet safe, side-by-side demonstration. They will see how a closed door stops the fire from growing, keeps the room temperature down, keeps mementos and belongings safe, and ultimately keeps toxic and poisonous smoke away from them, their children, and their fur or feathered pets.

Time: 7:45 pm

Time: 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm

 Interactive Kitchen Stovetop Safety Display

Excelsior firefighters will test your kitchen Safety knowledge and show you the safe way to put out cooking oil, grease, or stovetop fire.

Time: On Going

 Things to See

Xcel Energy is bringing their popular Minnesota State Fair Display to teach citizens how to be safe around power lines.

Mrs. M's Camps and Events will teach children how to respect and stay safe around all types of animals especially dogs and turtles in Minnesota. She excels at connecting kids with animals, teaching safety, and getting kids in touch with nature.

Service Today has a great Home Safety Check Offer and can show you how important Electrical Safety is in your home.

Dryer Vent Wizard home dryer cleaning services will show you how you can prevent a dryer fire by having your dryer and dryer vent cleaned and inspected annually. 

Ridgeview and Hennepin County Ambulance: Paramedics will give you tours of the ambulance and show you all the cool stuff they have to help people who are sick or injured.

Hennepin County Sherriff’s Water Patrol and the Excelsior Fire District Water Rescue Display: See all types of watercrafts used for water emergencies

Hennepin County 9-1-1 Dispatch will have a 9-1-1 dispatcher available to answer questions about new dispatching technology and talk about what kids need to know about calling 9-1-1 in today’s world.

Hennepin County Medical Center Burn Unit will show you how to prevent burns and scalds.

Protree can keep your trees trimmed and prevent them from falling on powerlines, the road in front of your home and your roof.

National Weather Service will display the newest weather forecasting equipment and share information on advancements in weather forecasting and research technology.

Hennepin County Regional Poison Center: Learn how to prevent poisonous exposures. Each year, Poison Centers handle over 1 million potentially poisonous exposures in children. These poisonings like all accidents can be prevented.

National Sprinkler Association:  A Representative will be here to answer your questions about commercial and residential sprinklers. They will be giving out those cool reusable red grocery/shopping bags everyone scrambled for at this year’s State Fair.

Basic Animal Rescue Training B.A.R.T teaches you how to give CPR to your pet about the training the Excelsior firefighters and other fire department have in Animal Rescue

Salvation Army Canteen: See the newest member of the Salvation Armies Emergency Disaster Services Fleet. A New Salvation Army Canteen will be on display. Learn more about the Salvation Armies roll in emergencies. Volunteers will be handing out water, hot cocoa and coffee.

Knewtson Health Group: Get good advice about your child’s school backpack and how to take the load off of your child’s back.  

Missing Children Minnesota: Get great tips on how to keep your children safe at home, in school, and on the internet

Union Place: Learn about the new fire alarm notification technology that alerts you and the fire department when the smoke alarms in your home are activated

ResourceWest Hopkins and Minnetonka Family Services will be collecting coats and school supplies.

I.C.A. Food Shelf: Bring a non-perishable food item to help stock the shelves of the local food shelf for the holidays

Deephaven Police: Meet real police officers, learn about safety inside and outside your home.

Park Nicollet Clinic Shorewood: Learn about injury prevention and spin the wheel for prizes.  

Kura Home Maintenance: Let their friendly staff tell you about all the things in your home that need maintenance, you will be surprised.  

 Minnesota Safety Services learn hand only CPR in just minutes


Things To Do

Safe Escape House: Learn about fire prevention, fire safety, and how to escape from smoke.

Firefighter Gear station is where you can try on real firefighter gear and helmets. Great photo opportunities, so don’t forget the camera.

Sparky the Fire Dog:  He will be available all evening to shake hands, give out hugs, and too pose for pictures. 

Freddie the Fire Truck: Come talk to Freddie about fire safety.

Sparky’s Spray House:  Spray a real fire hose and hit the targets.

Fire Prevention Fishing Pond: Earn your bait by participating in educational activities throughout the open house and then go fishing for fun surprises.

Fire Truck Rides: Get in line early so you don’t miss all the action

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: Play the Bean Bag Game & meet Smokey the Bear.

Advanced First Aid will teach you Hand on Only CPR in just a few minutes, show you how to work and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and answer your first aid questions.  

Lindstrom Restoration: Have the kids come and play the Tool or Toy Game and learn what are toys for kids and tools for adults.

Fire Safe Escape Plan Booth: Stop by and learn more about making a Family Fire Escape Plan. Know two ways out and why it’s important to keep bedroom doors closed while you sleep. 



Door Prizes for all ages, win smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, Stove Top Fire Stops, and many more prizes.


Free Dinner

Grilled hot dogs

Homemade Kowalski Cookies


Caribou Coffee

The Salvation Army will be passing out water & Hot Coca.



On side Parking is at Shorewood Public Works just to the west of Station #1 Look for signage

On site handicap parking is available-Look for signage


Convenient Services


Special Thanks to our Sponsors and Contributors  

Donations and Support

Lindstrom Restoration

Emergency Line


Live Side By Side Burn

Tools Vs Toys Game


Jim Douglas Photography


Donation of time and talents


Chad Babcock

State Farm Insurance


Fishing Pond & Fire Hats


Arbor Haus


Sparky’s Spray House Sponsor


ABC & Toy Zone


860 West 78th Street

Chanhassen, MN

Door Prize Donation




11200 Prairie Lake Drive

Eden Prairie, MN

Fishing Pond Donations


Cub Foods Minnetonka

Highway 7 & Highway 101

Minnetonka, MN 55345

Food Donation


Kowalski’s, Excelsior


440 Water Street

Cookies and Fishing Pond Donations


 The Garden Patch

243443 Smithtown Road

Shorewood, MN 55331

Pumpkin Gift Certificates

 Caribou Coffee

5663 Manitou Road

Tonka Bay, MN 55331



Joey Nova’s

5655 Manitou Road

Tonka Bay, MN 55331

Promotional Support


Tino’s Café Pizzeria

19215 Highway 7

Shorewood, MN 55331


Promotional Support


Modern Woodmen of America




Rain or Shine

Check out the weather forecast for the day and dress appropriately.  The activities, displays, and demonstration are indoors and outdoors. We make fire prevention and life safety education fun and exciting no matter what the weather.


 Here are 10 Fire Safety Tips to Help You Stay Fire Smart

1. Never leave cooking unattended: Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, or broiling. Always have a lid near by to slide over a pan in case of a cooking oil, grease or stovetop.

2. Give space heaters space: Keep fixed and portable space heaters a least three feet away from anything that can burn. Space heaters must be plugged directly in to an outlet. 

3. Treat candles with care: Keep candles at least one foot away from anything combustible and never leave a candle unattended. Make sure you blow them out before you leave the room. Do candle checks before you go to bed.

4. Inspect and respect electrical cords: Make sure electrical cords are not pinched behind furniture, under rugs, or stretched. Replace cracked, frayed, have broken plugs, or have loose connections. Do not use extension cords for fixed wiring or long term.

5. Create a safe area for people who smoke outside: Encourage people who smoke to go outside. Provide a deep, sturdy ashtray a couple feet away from any combustibles including your home.

6. Keep lighters and matches out of reach: Put them out of sight and out of reach of children. Teach children they are tools for adults and not toys.

7. Have a home fire escape plan and PRACTICE IT!: Make a home escape plan and practice it a least twice a year so everyone is prepared for an emergency.

8Install smoke alarms: Put them on every level of your home, including the basement, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom in the home. It’s best to have interconnected alarms throughout the entire home.

9. Test smoke alarms: Test them a least once a month. A reminder is when you make a house payment or pay rent. Change the batteries each time your change your clocks. Replace smoke detectors every 8-10 years.

10. Get low in smoke: Go low where the cool clean air is. The hot, black icky smoke collects up high and can be lethal if you breathe it in.

For more information check out the articles in the Fire and Safety section of this web site.