GIFD works to revamp Children's Fire Safety House
The many ways to escape a fire is what the Grand Island Fire Department's Children's Fire Safety House is all about and it was in need of a facelift.
“It's time you know it's old enough and some of the things were starting to wear,” Firefighter/EMT Dick Peterson said.
The trailer is a small replica of a normal two story house just big enough for third graders to crawl in. It was built in the 1980’s by past firefighters. Third grade classes go through and practice what a real fire may look like if they were at home.
“We usually sound a fire alarm and then we have a machine in here that creates smoke inside and so they're able to get a sense of the smoke coming in the room,” Peterson said. “We teach them how to block that with a blanket or a towel and then we show them how to check the door and then we help them exit. Either through out of the top or we take them out of the bottom here.”
They also go over what to do if they don't have a window in their house and other possible scenarios. All useful tips that could save their lives one day.
“It's fun to see the excitement in their faces when this comes because when they get that third grade level where they're able to go through here it's always a big treat for them but for the most part they do learn quite a bit,” Peterson said.
With fire safety month taking place in October, the GIFD is trying to get the project done in time to present it to the kids.