Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fire Station Open House

Did you know that you only have 60 seconds to get out of your house safely, once a fire starts?

Did you know that smoke alarms should be
replaced every 10 years?

Did you know that 4 people died in fires,
just last week, in our area and the youngest victim was just 7 years old?

THAT is why Fire Safety is so important!

To help our girls earn their Safety award - it only made sense to hit this event at our local station!
The award has three parts:
  • What to do when you are lost
  • What to do in a fire: stop, drop and roll
  • What to do if a friend is choking
So, this was PERFECT timing for our troop!

Every year, our volunteer fire department has an open house.

They have a FREE pancake breakfast from 8 am - 11 am (they ask to please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the local Food Pantry), fire truck rides, ladder rides, fire hose bowling, vehicle extrication demonstrations, a live fire sprinkler demonstration, visit with Smokey Bear, practice STOP, DROP, & ROLL with the firefighters, build a pop-up fire truck, visit with local Police and EMS, local Utilities, local County Sheriff, watch Med Flight land and check out the helicopter, talk to representatives from the local Emergency Center, jump around in a bouncy house, and much more!  It is held - rain or shine.
Our troop helped clear off the tables for a bit, and then, took part in the other activities. (They earn a FUN Patch from the troop for the volunteer/community service part)

They learned the Stop, Drop and Roll for their award

Then, they were free to do other things, like hit the bounce house:
Or try on real gear:
They also, all watched the burn demonstration.
This is a fire in less than 3 minutes from starting in a waste basket:
At that point, there would be NO survivors...
SO, at the next troop meeting, we are going to check off the other two items to finish their award -
and will also send them home with a sheet to help plan a family fire drill.
Easy, peasy.
Knowledge is power - right?
No more 7 year old victims.

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