A lesson in fire safety
By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD
Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) is sponsoring a fire prevention campaign during the month of October that coincides with National Fire Prevention Week. DVFD is visiting area schools to raise awareness of the dangers of fires and inspiring individuals to prevent fires causing deaths, injuries and destruction of property. Curtis Brown, Fire Chief and several members of his staff are presenting a program at various schools to teach the children the basics in the event of fire in the home or school.
During the month of October, attention is focused on promoting fire safety and prevention; however, fire safety should be practiced every day, all year long. Many potential fire hazards go undetected because people simply do not take steps to fireproof their home and educate their family members on prevention and what they should do in case a fire occurs in their residences. Ron Hein, local volunteer fire fighter and Chaplain for the DVFD demonstrated to preschoolers during story time at the Dallam Hartley County Public Library what a fire fighter would look like in the event the child should come in contact with one during an emergency. Hein suited up and demonstrated for the youngsters what a fire fighter would sound like under is head gear. He also emphasized, “Stay in the center of the room. Don’t crawl under the bed or go into a closet, it’s difficult to find small children in a smoky dark room.” Hein had a simple question and answer session and Chief Brown hit the fire alarm and the children crawled under a net that served as make believe smoke to the door to show them the correct way to exit a smoke filled room.
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