Your home has turned into a structure on fire, the temperature has risen to 500 degrees and you are surrounded by smoke. Would you know what to do? Families in DeKalb County do thanks to a visit from the DeKalb County Fire and Rescue Community Education Unit and the county’s fire safety house.
“I’m proud of my boys for taking what they learned and applying it to the safe house when they had to go through it. We all learned something today,” said Clarissa Howard, who brought her two sons to the event, held at DeKalb County Public Library’s Flat Shoals branch. “I like the fact that they answered questions about everything from what you should do when you first hear the fire alarm, to escape routes for families.”
The Fire Safety House is a 39-foot traveling trailer with a one-level replica of a house and it allows children and their parents to experience a simulated fire-like situation in a home setting.
At the free event, participants crawled through a kitchen, living room, and bedroom, practicing the escape plan as the fire safety house filled with non-toxic smoke.
“We want our children and their families to know what to do if the worst were to happen and their house became filled with smoke,” said instructor Kristi Hill. “We really love doing this for the children. We truly enjoy their questions and excitement.”
Hill and fellow instructor Beverley Thompson also shared with attendees the importance of hands and knees to crawl to safety underneath the smoke, good air versus bad air, testing your doorknob for heat with the back of your hand and how children can get a firefighter’s attention.
If you would like DeKalb’s Fire Safety House to visit your school or organization, call 678-406-7750.