Fire Safety EducationFire safety education saves lives!
Statistics bring out the importance of fire safety education: In 2009 there were 356,200 home fires in this country resulting in 2,480 deaths, 12,600 injuries, and a monetary loss of over $7 billion (FEMA). The need is brought out even better through examples of fire-related tragedies from New Albany-Floyd County in the past several years: A child playing with a lighter cause a fire in public housing. Three children died and a fourth was injured in a fire in a apartment on Spring street. Three preschool children were killed in a fire on Vance Avenue. Using information gained from fire safety instruction, an eleven year old noticed a strange light in his home and awakened his family and told them to leave the premises before calling 9-1-1
The Safety Education Center will include walk-in room models to demonstrate hazards and safety techniques, hands-on exhibits including one on how to call 911, a truck that children can enter, firefighting outfits for children, and a play area with appropriate toys, puzzles, and games.