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NIH Fire Safety Day Is Sept. 11

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, NIH will celebrate Fire Safety Awareness Day with a number of displays and demonstrations. The event will be held in front of Bldg. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is sponsored by the Emergency Management Branch, Division of Public Safety, Office of Research Services. Fajitas and fixings from Guapo's and Good Humor ice cream will be sold from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The number of fire-related deaths in the United States is slowly declining; nonetheless, some 6,000 people perish in fires each year and 100,000 more are injured. Property losses from these fires are estimated at more than $10 billion annually. Education and awareness are the best defenses against this peril. This year's Fire Safety Awareness Day theme is Fire Prevention — A Prescription for Life.

Staff from the Division of Public Safety will present an array of fire detection and suppression displays: fire, rescue and hazardous materials response vehicles and related emergency equipment; fire-safety brochures and handouts; child fire safety house; crime prevention, employee transportation and police displays; specially trained dogs and their handlers from the NIH Police who will demonstrate bomb and drug detection techniques; representatives from the Montgomery County Bomb Squad and state Fire Marshal's office; and antique firefighting apparatus.

Drawings for a number of door prizes such as fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, gift certificates and tickets to local sporting events will be handed out; winners need not be present to claim their prizes. Sparky the fire dog will be present to greet visitors at the event, and children are welcome.

The winner of the 2002 Fire Safety Awareness Day slogan contest will be announced, too. The winning slogan and the winner's name will be featured on next year's posters, which will be displayed throughout the campus. The 2001 contest winner was Lynell Nelson of NIDDK.

Come out and show your support for NIH's fire fighters. Contact the Emergency Management Branch at 496-1985 for more information.

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