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Open house programs will be held at five Buffalo firehouses as part of the city’s observance of National Fire Prevention Month, according to Mayor Byron W. Brown and Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield.

This year’s national theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”

Free smoke detectors, coloring books and fire safety information will be distributed.

Visitors also will get a behind-the-scenes look at firefighting equipment and the life of a firefighter.

Open houses will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Engine 2, Elmwood Avenue and Virginia Street, and from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Engine 36, Hertel and Elmwood avenues.

Programs will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 26 at Engine 28, Lovejoy and Gold streets; and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Engine 21, Jefferson Avenue and Kingsley Street.

The final open house will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Engine 4, Abbott Road and Hollywood Avenue.