'A Lot of Little Reasons to Prevent Fire' NIH Marks Fire Prevention Week With Help of Preschoolers, Barbecue Lunch
Bldg. 31A's patio was crawling with preschoolers eager to learn fire prevention and safety skills as NIH celebrated National Fire Prevention Week on Oct. 7. Bused from NIH's day care centers, several hundred youngsters donned comically oversized fire fighter boots and coats to go along with their pint-size fire hats, which were offered as giveaways to the kids. In addition, fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency vehicles were available for on-lawn exploration. Tours were led through the Fire Safety House, where the main attraction was the well-supervised escape ladder that allowed the children to practice leaving second-floor areas in cases of emergency. A bomb detection dog, a search and rescue dog and an arson dog were also in attendance, as well as Sparky the Fire Dog, who greeted visitors and offered safety tips. For adults, there were crime prevention and fire safety displays and demonstrations, as well as a barbecue lunch provided by George Starke's Head Hog Restaurant. The annual event was sponsored by the Emergency Management Branch, Division of Public Safety, Office of Research Services.
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