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'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.

Fire Protection Inspector Joan Kilinski and Assistant Fire Chief Bob Lenox help preschoolers try on fire fighter gear.

Bused from NIH's day care centers, several hundred youngsters donned comically oversized fire fighter boots and coats at the event.

Left, Fire Fighter Paul Donaldson guides practice "escapes" from the Fire Safety House, which was a popular attraction with the kids; (right) a display on house fire alarms and smoke detectors drew adults.

Right, a tiny tot dons a medical collar, as she and her friends get a lesson about emergency rescue and the role of the ambulance from Fire Fighter Rich Pullen.

Folks from Head Hog Restaurant serve up barbecue sandwiches, baked beans and cole slaw for NIH'ers during the recent Fire Prevention Week event.


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