Wednesday, February 25, 2009

When Fire Hits Close To Home

My last two blog post have been about fire safety. I felt that this topic needed to be revisited because so much is lost because it is simply overlooked or forgotten. On yesterday I was blessed to speak to a group of middle school children about my profession as a life safety specialist. The purpose of the program was to encourage children to see the possibilities that awaited them and to instill practical applications they could use to uplift themselves for greater achievement. One of my major points was the necessity of home fire drills. When I asked the class if they had ever participated in a fire drill at home, no one raised their hands. There was no response when asked if they had fire extinguishers in their homes. Only one child knew that you could not extinguish a grease fire with water. One child thought you could blow on an electrical fire. They did not realize that there was a difference between smoke detectors and CO2 detectors. This was not their fault. They simply had not been taught. Lives are at stake everyday because there is no guarantee that we will not be the victim of a fire. Knowing how to deal with a life threatening situation could be the difference between life and death. It was an honor to speak t these kids. They were enthusiastic and inquisitive. I believe they left armed with information that could save their lives. Little did I know that the importance of fire drills would hit home so quickly.
Before the day was over I received a call that informed me that one of my son’s best friends had been the victim of an overnight fire. The family lost everything. The child not only attended the same school that I spoke at, he also spends at least two weekends at my home per month. I had never spoken to him about the importance of a fire drill. Thank God he survived with his life. Tell someone about the previous blog post that talks about how to perform a fire drill, we might save a life.

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