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NIH Celebrates Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, NIH will commemorate Fire Prevention Week 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., sponsored by the Emergency Management Branch, ORS.

This year's NIH theme is "Fire Prevention — A Matchless Goal." Fire prevention/fire safety is important because the risks of fire are real, both in the home and at work. Everyone needs to be vigilant to identify potential fire hazards and correct them immediately. The good news is that most fires can be prevented.

Staff from the Division of Public Safety will present an array of fire detection and suppression devices; fire, rescue and hazardous materials response vehicles and related emergency equipment; severe weather and fire-safety brochures; and crime prevention and police displays. High-angle rescue techniques will be demonstrated by NIH Fire Department staff. On hand will be specially trained dogs and their handlers from NIH and the Federal Emergency Management Agency who will demonstrate bomb detection, drug detection and search and rescue techniques; representatives from the Montgomery County bomb squad; and staff from the state fire marshal's office. There will also be a residential sprinkler demonstration trailer and a fire safety house, used to show children how to react in fire emergencies, so children are certainly welcome. Drawings for a number of door prizes such 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 for those attending the activities. Winners need not be present to claim their prizes. Special hosts will be Sparky the fire dog, and Ronald McDonald, who will greet visitors at the event.

The winner of the Year 2000 Fire Prevention Week slogan contest will be announced during the day's activities. The winning slogan and the winner's name will be featured on next year's Fire Prevention Week posters, which will be prominently displayed throughout the campus. The 1999 slogan contest winner was Ellen Vaughn, who works in NIDDK, and her name appears on this year's poster bearing her slogan.

Ledo Pizza will provide food from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Remember, by participating in this event, you can learn about ways to protect yourself, your family and your coworkers from the tragedy of fire. Your presence also demonstrates your support for the firefighters who are prepared each day to risk their lives to protect the NIH community. In case of inclement weather, the rain date will be Thursday, Oct. 7. Contact the Emergency Management Branch on 496-1985 for more information.

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