FORT POLK, La. — Fort Polk’s Fire Department educated the Fort Polk community about fire safety at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service Oct. 11. In honor of Fire Prevention week, firefighters took the opportunity to engage parents with resourceful and helpful ways to teach children about fire safety. Firefighters stood by passing out helmets and pamphlets while eager children and parents got in line to tour the “safety house” — a mobile home that features an all weather climate simulation center.
The focus of the safety house was to teach children how to exit their homes in case of potential fire. Firemen simulated a smokey environment to give children a chance to see what it feels like in an actual fire. Dale Allbrition, fire inspector, said, “We want them to stay low to the ground. With the holidays right around the corner, now is the time to talk to your children about fire prevention.”
The 24-year veteran with the Fort Polk Fire Department stresses the important of teaching children about emergency services. Allbrition said that parents should also help their children memorize their address so they can inform 911 dispatchers in an emergency situation. Important items like the telephone and kitchen stove were used to teach children safety skills.
The Fort Polk Fire Department recommends that parents and children should practice with home fire drills. Using the acronym E.D.I.T.H — exit drills in the home, they advise parents to always practice two ways to evacuate from their ,house.