The Tama and Toledo Fire Departments in conjunction with the Tama-Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce brings Blank Children’s Hospital Fire Safety House to Tama.
On Saturday, May 21, the fire departments in conjunction with the Tama-Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce are bringing the Blank Children’s Hospital Fire Safety House to the Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival from noon - 4 p.m. The Fire Safety House has taught many children and adults in our area how to recognize fire hazards and not to hide, but to get out alive.
Trained volunteers and members of the Tama and Toledo Fire Departments will be using the Fire Safety House from Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines to offer hands-on learning to prepare children for the unexpected and frightening experiences of a fire. Similar in appearance to a motor home, the Fire Safety House is a mobile, wheelchair-accessible fire safety education tool which contains the three rooms where fires start most frequently: the kitchen, living room and bedroom. Some of the life-saving procedures taught are how to crawl under smoke, how to feel a door before opening it, how to use a fire escape ladder, what a smoke detector sounds like and how to call 911.
“We are very excited to be hosting the Fire Safety House in Tama/Toledo,” says Sue Carnahan, entertainment coordinator for the festival. “If only one child in our community is saved from injury or death through having participated in the Fire Safety House training, it will have been worth the effort.”
Nationally each year, approximately 500 children ages 14 and younger die and another 40,000 are injured by residential fires. Young children, especially those ages 5 and younger, are at the greatest risk from home fire-related death and injury, with a fire death rate twice the national average.
“Working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan are the most important tools a family can have in protecting their children from fire-related injury and death,” says Carnahan. “Although a home fire escape plan may help to reduce these deaths, only 25 percent of households have developed and practiced a plan. In addition, a working smoke alarm is not present in two-thirds of the residential fires in which a child is injured or killed.”