Statistics show that every day, on average, one child is killed and another 300 plus are injured in fire and burn incidents. Children under the age of 5 are at the greatest risk as they are not usually properly trained in basic skills such as "Stop, Drop and Roll".
In response, New Melle Fire is currently revamping its fire safety trailer. The new design will feature a realistic kitchen with common household appliances that would be found there and that can cause or catch on fire. The other half of the trailer will be a full bedroom, including a bed, dresser and electrical outlets. All of the money for materials has been donated from various community businesses whose names will be placed on the front of the trailer. All of the remodeling is being performed by the New Melle FPD firefighters. Projections are for the renovations to be complete by the end of August, 2017.
Goals for the trailer will be to conduct presentations for various organizations involving children during Fire Prevention Week (October 8-14), and then by special request on an ongoing basis. Presentations will include how to properly use a fire extinguisher, how to call 911 and report a fire, how to exit the home in the case of a fire, how to feel a door to see if there is a fire on the other side, how to exit a window using a ladder, and Stop, Drop and Roll procedures.
The trailer will include multiple smoke machines, smoke detectors, CO detectors, exit window and two phones that will be connected to an operator at the front of the trailer, all of which will serve to simulate a realistic emergency situation.
If you or your organization has interest in receiving training using the renovated fire safety trailer after August, contact us at 828-5528.
One additional note…keep bedroom doors closed at night as a deterrent to fire from another part of the house entering that room.