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The Commissioner is placing emphasis on fire safety education in Georgia. One of his highest priorities is to bring basic fire safety education to every citizen of this state, especially the children.
Our office has two fire safety houses available. A fire safety house is a mobile education unit used to reiterate important fire safety education messages. It is a two-story mobile unit with dimensions of approximately 8 x 28 x 11. The house is equipped with a living room, kitchen, and bedroom. Nontoxic smoke is used upstairs to simulate a fire situation. The bedroom door has a heating element that feels warm to the touch. The bedroom also has a window and escape ladder that children are instructed to use if the primary exit is blocked. During a tour, children are taught essential life saving lessons such as Stop, Drop and Roll, Crawl Low Under Smoke, and How to Cool a Burn. The fire safety house is taken to schools, safety fairs, and other fire safety events upon request. Local fire departments are asked to assist with the fire safety house when it is in their area. It can tour approximately one class at a time. If you would like to have the fire safety house visit your school or event, please contact Penny Tanner at (404) 657-0831 to schedule a time for the fire safety house.
Some fire safety rules that are taught are:
Most fatal fires occur at night, when people are sleeping. It is important to have at least one smoke alarm near the bedroom area to provide early warning in case of a fire. In homes with more than one level, place at least one smoke alarm on each level. Have your parents test your smoke alarms at least once a week and replace the batteries at least twice a year.
In case of fire while sleeping, roll out of bed and crawl low under smoke. Smoke is dangerous to breathe. Hot smoke rises toward the ceiling, leaving cooler, cleaner air close to the floor and you will be able to see better. Go quickly to your exit. Smoke rises and has poisonous gases in it.
Develop a home escape plan with your family and practice it often. Always know two ways out. Once you are out, stay out. Go to the designated meeting place.
Have a designated meeting place for the family. Make sure everyone is out of the house, and then go to the neighbor's house and call the fire department or 911.
If your clothes catch on fire, do not run. Running can make the fire spread. Instead, stop where you are. Drop to the floor or ground and cover your eyes and mouth with your hands. Roll, over and over until the flames go out.
Matches and lighters are tools for grown-ups only. If you find them, do not pick them up; instead, go tell a grown-up.
Stay three feet away from the fireplace when there is a fire in it. A screen should be in front of the fireplace and adults should take care of the fire, not you.
Remind your parents to turn the handles of the pots on the stove to the back of the stove when cooking so the pots cannot be easily turned over on you.
When turning on the hot and cold water, turn on the cold water first and then turn on the hot until the water warms to the temperature you want it. This will eliminate your getting burned.
If you get burned, run cool water over the burned area for 5-10 minutes. Never put ice on a burn. Also, never apply oils, sprays or ointments to a serious burn - unless directed by a physician.
Firefighters are your friends. Do not hide from them. They must wear special clothes to keep them safe from fire.