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Fire Safety House Comes to Lexington Elementary

Nearly 5,000 Americans die in house fires each year. Many of these fire victims are children. Children (and adults) often do not know how to react when fire breaks out in a home. These grim statistics show the need to increase our fire awareness. The Texas State Fire Marshal's Fire Safety House teaches children how to get out of a burning house safely.

The Fire Safety House, a 41-foot mobile travel trailer that is a functional house, will be visiting Lexington Elementary School in Lexington on Thursday, October 8, 2009.

Each year, approximately 25,000 Texas school-age children get the opportunity to enter the Fire Safety House and experience a home fire escape demonstration and receive invaluable fire prevention and safety information.

Students will walk through the house's kitchen, living room, and bedroom, locating potential fire hazards. They also are able to practice simple methods of eliminating potentially dangerous situations. They touch and feel a "hot door" and locate an emergency escape route. At the conclusion of the tour, the children exit via an escape ladder as the safety house fills with non-toxic "smoke". All of the activities are conducted under the supervision of local fire officials and school staff.

The Fire Safety House is a very effective tool for teaching children kitchen safety, exit drills and proper safety procedures in the event of a fire. The mobile Fire Safety House has traveled to schools throughout the state.

A fire safety video runs continually so that children who have toured or are waiting to enter the Fire Safety House may view it.

A Deputy State Fire Marshall will operate the theatrical smoke machine and briefly speak to the children about the trailer and fire safety. Members of the Fedor and Lexington Volunteer Fire Departments will be on hand to assist the Deputy State Fire Marshall in teaching our children these lifesaving lessons.

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