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Lafayette Fire Department Unveils New Fire Safety House

Oct 06, 2017 10:28AM ● By News Desk

We are very excited to display our newest addition to our public fire education program. During Fire Prevention Week, October 8-14, 2017, Lafayette Fire Department will unveil its new fire safety house. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.

The exterior decals will surely grab every child’s attention.  It’s wrapped with colorful fire safety messages like Fire Escape Plans, Don’t Play with Lighters or Matches, Stop Drop and Roll, and the kids favorite –Sparky the Fire Dog. It’s a mobile billboard educating our community on the importance of fire safety.

The safety house comes with state-of-the-art technology with lights, sound, and action for kids throughout the Parish of Lafayette. It’s like a classroom on wheels designed to teach fire safety. The lessons are operated via a touch screen computer with television monitors and handheld devices to answer questions. It’s very interactive. Kids of all ages will enjoy an enriched learning experience about fire safety.

Lafayette’s Fire Prevention Chief, Forrest Chaisson, understands the importance of preventing fire, particularly at home. Chief Chaisson states, “Educating our most precious love ones about the importance of fire safety is extremely important. We in the fire community must see that they are provided with an essential toolkit to keep them safe in the event of a fire. Fire escape plans, clear exit paths, working smoke alarms and knowing the emergency number are part of that toolkit.” 

The Safety House will be utilized for Fire Prevention Week classes at the Central Fire Station, 300 East Vermilion Street. Classes are scheduled for 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 9th thru Friday, October 14th.