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NIH Holds Fire Safety Awareness Day

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, NIH will mark Fire Safety Awareness Day with displays and demonstrations in front of Bldg. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., sponsored by the NIH Emergency Management Branch, Division of Public Safety. In the United States, some 6,000 people perish in fires each year and 100,000 more are injured. Property losses from fires are estimated at over $10 billion annually. Education and awareness are the best defenses.

This year's theme is "Fire Prevention Is Everybody's Business." The risks of fire are real, both in the home and at work; everyone needs to be vigilant to identify and correct potential fire hazards immediately. Most fires can be prevented.

At this year's event, DPS staff will present an array of fire detection and suppression devices; fire, rescue and hazardous materials response vehicles and emergency equipment; severe weather and fire safety brochures; and crime prevention, employee transportation and police displays. On hand will be specially trained dogs and their handlers from NIH and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to demonstrate bomb detection, drug detection and search & rescue techniques. Also scheduled to attend are staff from the Montgomery County bomb squad and the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office. There will be a residential sprinkler demonstration trailer and a fire safety house, which is used to show children how to react in fire emergencies.

Drawings for such prizes as fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, home fire escape ladders, gift certificates and tickets to local sporting events will occur during the day.

The winner of the Year 2001 Fire Safety Awareness Day slogan contest will be announced. The winning slogan and the winner's name will be featured on next year's posters. The 2000 winner is Dr. Vivian Batuyong of Union City, CA, who submitted her winning entry via the EMB web site. Her name and slogan are on this year's poster.

O'Brien's Pit Barbecue and Ben and Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream will provide food from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The inclement weather date is Thursday, Sept. 14. Call EMB, 496-1985, for more information.

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