The Union Recorder

October 18, 2013

MFD provides fire safety, prevention tips

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Milledgeville Fire Department (MFD) uses the portable Fire Safety House to provide a few lessons in fire safety and prevention to Blandy Hills Elementary School students Thursday morning.

As part of Fire Safety Month, MFD is making stops at local daycares, schools and churches to educate students and adults alike how to safely escape a house fire using water-based smoke.

"We base everything on having a plan. We teach kids that in order to succeed in life you have to have a plan. In order to get out of your burning house safely you have to also have a plan," said Sr. Sgt. Keith Meeks. "The Fire Safety House is used as a teaching method and it can also be transferred into a command post."

Students also learned about firefighter gear.

"This is an excellent program," said Dr. Collinda Lee, school coordinator for the Program for Exceptional Children. "The kids were excited and some were even afraid to see the firefighter in his uniform, but the firefighters were very informative and calmed the students down by allowing them to touch and feel them to help them realize that they are just human beings like the rest of us."

MFD and the smoke house will be set up at the Deep Roots Festival Saturday to allow individuals to walk through the Fire Safety House and hand out free coloring books.

"We will end up seeing around 4,500 kids after this month and Deep Roots," Meeks said.

For more information about fire safety, or to request a visit from the MFD with the Smoke House, contact Meeks at 478-288-6594.

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