In the Midst of High Fire Season, Home Fire Safety is What Matters Most
|Consolidated Fire District Fire Prevention Officer Kevin
Menet speaks with students at local elementary school.
Given life's daily distractions, it is essential to focus on what matters most: family, friends, community and home. More important still is making that home the safest place it can be for the most valuable part of the home, your family.
In an effort to increase awareness and help make local homes safer this summer, the Nevada County Association of REALTORS® has partnered with FireFacts.org, the Western Nevada County School Districts, local Fire Departments and the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County to launch a Fire Safety Program targeting elementary school children at the K-3 grade levels. Aimed at educating Nevada County children and families about home fire safety the program is more comprehensive than any offered in the past; the curriculum includes a live presentation provided by Nevada County Consolidated Fire representatives, distribution of individual interactive CDs to each student, parent-student homework participation and follow-up testing to monitor information retention.
“We are excited about this community partnership, which enables us to reach the very heart of the home”, states Kirk Pharis, REALTOR® and Association Past President. “Over 3,000 lives are lost each year (National Fire Protection Association, NFPA, 2009) in the United States due to fires in the home, a staggering 74% could have been avoided if smoke detectors were checked on a periodic basis or if family members had only reviewed a safety plan for safe exit during a fire.”
On average, eight people die in home fires every day, accounting for more deaths than all natural disasters combined. “Home fires are a preventable tragedy and with the help of the FireFacts program and community education, we can help save precious lives”, according to REALTOR® Dave Hanson and Chairman of the Board of Nevada County Consolidated Fire District.
What is so unique about this program? It provides educators with a valuable classroom resource, involving parent’s participation with student homework while offering students a fun an innovative learning tool which embraces today’s interactive computer technology. Local resident Brad Ballard developed FireFacts.org with the goal of helping save lives in the home. This fascinating interactive program teaches the key components of fire safety in a creative and entertaining learning medium. Log onto nevadacountyaor.com/community/fire safety or FireFacts.org to learn more about the program content.
10 Simple Steps
There are 10 simple steps to Fire Safety in the Home. Contact the Nevada County Association of REALTORS® today to learn more about the fire safety basics and FireFacts.org program.