Fire Safety Public Education Programs
Whether children are visiting a fire station, checking out the bunker gear, learning about kitchen fires, or getting the lowdown on fire safety from a robotic Dalmatian, what they learn through the fire marshal’s office makes a lasting impression.
Learn more about fire safety by requesting a visit from the fire marshal or firefighters
Patches & Pumper
Patches & Pumper is a fully animated Dalmatian dog and fire truck robot that moves, speaks, listens, plays audio cassette tapes, winks, and blinks, all by remote control. The creation by Robotronics can even squirt water. His headlights, taillights and flashing warning lights make Patches highly visible. He is just the right size - eye level - for teaching children.
Patches is agile enough to maneuver through classrooms and other restricted areas. A 2-way wireless voice system allows Patches’ operator to not only talk to the audience, but listen to the feedback.
Fire Safety House
The SCOTTY Fire Safety House is a fun, hands-on learning tool for people of all ages. The trailer is set up to look like a home, complete with a kitchen to teach children the danger of leaving the handles turned out on a stovetop. The fire safety house can be filled with mock smoke to simulate a fire and to teach children how to crawl under the smoke and get out.
Top Tips for Fire Safety
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
- Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
- If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.
- Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything flammable. Always turn off heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Have your chimneys, fireplaces, wood stoves and central furnace serviced once a year.
- If someone in your home is deaf or hard of hearing, consider installing an alarm that combines flashing lights, vibration and sound.
- Store a fire extinguisher on every level of your home. They should have an ABC rating, making them usable for all types of fires.
Information for Children
Sparky the Fire Dog has a fire safety storybook app and eBook to help children learn about fire safety. The app is geared toward Pre-K - 2nd grade with animations and games. The eBook is for 3rd - 5th graders with stories of courage, quick witted kids, science facts and more.
9-Volt Battery Safety
9-volt batteries power our smoke alarms, household items, and toys. They can be found in most homes. But these batteries can be a fire hazard if not stored safely or disposed of with care. The National Fire Protection Association has these helpful tips for the storing and disposal of 9-volt batteries.
- Learn more about Fire Prevention Week.
- For tips on how to safely use barbecue grills, propane grills, protecting children from scalds and burns, preventing scalds and burns, installing and using microwave ovens safely, and more, visit USFA/FEMA.
- A closed door slows the spread of heat and fire, view the “Close before you Doze” campaign.
- Install smoke detectors in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. View diagram of smoke detector locations.