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NIH Marks Fire Prevention Week

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, NIH will commemorate Fire Prevention Week with a number of displays and demonstrations held on the Bldg. 31A patio from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by the Emergency Management Branch, Division of Public Safety, Office of Research Services. Fire Prevention Week this year is Oct. 5-11. Some 6,000 people perish in fires and 100,000 more are injured annually. Property losses from these fires are estimated at more than $10 billion each year. Education and awareness are the best defenses against this peril.

This year's theme is "Know where to go: React fast to fire." 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.

NIH fire suppression and fire prevention staff will display an array of fire detection and suppression devices; provide demonstrations of fire, rescue and hazardous materials response vehicles and the equipment and protective clothing used on campus; and provide a variety of fire-safety and severe weather brochures and other emergency preparedness handouts. Demonstrations and training on fire extinguisher use will be presented by EMB personnel. Additionally, a robot used for handling extremely hazardous materials and explosive devices; two specially trained dogs -- one used for arson detection and one for search and rescue efforts -- will demonstrate their skills; and a fire safety house, designed to train children how to react in fire emergencies, will be featured.

A number of prizes including fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, home fire escape ladders, gift certificates and tickets to local sporting events will be awarded to persons attending the activities. Sparky the fire dog will be present to greet all visitors. Also, the winner of the 1998 Fire Prevention Week slogan contest will be announced. 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 campus.

George Starke's Head Hog Barbeque will provide food from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pulled pork and chicken BBQ and pit beef sandwiches with side orders and soft drinks will be featured. All proceeds from food sales will be donated to NIH charities. By participating in this event, you can learn about ways to protect yourself, your family and your coworkers from fire and, at the same time, demonstrate support for the men and women who risk their lives to protect the NIH community. In case of inclement weather, the rain date will be Thursday, Oct. 9. Contact the Emergency Management Branch, 496-1985, for more information.

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