BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The Bangor Fire Department held the first-ever "Amazing Bangor Race" Sunday to launch Fire Prevention Week.
In addition to the department's usual open house, they invited families to take part in a city-wide challenge.
The challenge had participants explore eight places tied to the history of the department throughout Bangor. Participants would be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a ride to school in a fire truck.
It is all part of an annual nationwide campaign by the National Fire Protection Association to educate the public on potentially life-saving practices and tips to protect them in the event of a fire.
The department hopes it allows younger generations to learn local history as well as fire safety.
"This does happen every year, but every year we also see people get hurt and see people die in fires," said Jason Johnson, Bangor FD's public education officer. "It's one of those things that, yes, we keep hitting home with and we hope that at some point the message will stick with some people.
“Some folks will get it and some folks don't, and hopefully the folks that don't we won't see later on."
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one of the easiest things you can do is make sure all of the smoke detectors in your home are in working order.
It indicates detectors should be replaced every 10 years.