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NIH Celebrates Fire Prevention Week

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, NIH will commemorate Fire Prevention Week with a number of displays and demonstrations in front of Bldg. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by the Emergency Management Branch, Division of Public Safety, ORS. About 6,000 people perish in fires in the United States each year and 100,000 more are injured. Property losses from these fires are estimated at over $10 billion annually. Education and awareness are the best defenses against this peril.

This year's theme is "Fire Drills: Your Great Escape." Everyone needs to be vigilant to identify potential fire hazards and correct them immediately. The good news is that most fires can be prevented.

NIH's observance will include an array of fire detection and suppression devices; demonstrations of fire, rescue and hazardous materials response vehicles and the equipment and protective clothing used on campus; and a variety of fire-safety and severe weather brochures and other emergency preparedness handouts. Police and crime prevention professionals will also staff displays. On hand for the day's activities will be specially trained dogs and their handlers from NIH, the Park Police and the Federal Emergency Management Agency who will demonstrate bomb detection and search and rescue techniques at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Also displaying their skill will be representatives from local bomb squads and staff from the Maryland Forestry Department.

There will also be a fire safety house, used to show children how to react in fires, and all children are 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 also be available. Winners need not be present to claim prizes. Special hosts will be Sparky the fire dog, Ronald McDonald and Smokey the Bear.

The winner of the 1999 Fire Prevention Week slogan contest will be announced during the day's activities; the winner's name and slogan will be featured on next year's posters. The 1998 winner was Danielle Warfield, who works in NIGMS.

O'Brien's Pit Barbecue Restaurant 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 will demonstrate your support for the fire fighters who may be required to risk their lives to protect the NIH community. In case of inclement weather, the rain date will be Thursday, Oct. 8. Contact the Emergency Management Branch, 496-1985, for more information.


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