It's one of those informative events that could possibly change lives for the better. While fire safety is sometimes an afterthought, the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District (LOFPD) is hoping they can make a difference in the way their community thinks.

It's one of those informative events that could possibly change lives for the better. While fire safety is sometimes an afterthought, the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District (LOFPD) is hoping they can make a difference in the way their community thinks.

The LOFPD is proud to be hosting their community open house, titled 'Sound the Alarm'- taking place on Thursday, June 14, from 4-7 p.m. at the LOFPD Station 1, located at 1767 Bagnell Dam Blvd. in Lake Ozark. The interactive event is free and open to the public to attend.

Sound the Alarm will feature a bevy of helpful fire safety tips for people of all ages, while free food and beverages are served throughout the three hour gathering.

"The informational portion of the evening will be indoors in the meeting room, so people can eat as they are listening and learning," said LOFPD Assistant Fire Chief Matt Birdsley.

Fire safety tips for kids from toddlers to teens, as well as parents, adults and senior citizens will be discussed. Birdsley said the entire administrative staff will be on hand, along with a representative from the state fire marshal's office, to go over escape plans, fire escape ladders, meeting places and how elderly and low income families can receive free smoke alarms from the district.

Adults will meet at the indoor meeting room as children will encounter the Smoke House, which is a traveling simulator that shows kids first hand how to deal with being in a real smoke-filled room situation.

The Get Out and Stay Out program will be taught to children and adults, as well.

"We go to the schools each year and teach the kids about fire safety, but we also want to make sure that the parents are just as informed as the children," said Birdsley.

While the fire district will continue to go to the schools each year, the addition of two Sound the Alarm family fire prevention education events will take place this Thursday and again in July.

"We want to make this a fun, informative, community gathering where we can all be in the same room and get everyone on the same page," said Birdsley.