Anthony Firth, a fire prevention officer in Wakefield, England, has been using Modeltech’s Hazard House for years to demonstrate fire risks to various community groups and schools. Last spring Mr. Firth and two of his colleagues gave a talk to the Wakefield Support group on Fire Safety and Child Protection in the home. According to Gail Robbins of the National Fostering Agency (sponsor of the event): “This was a really exciting opportunity to see in action the first Hazard House fire safety props in U.K. This fire prevention trainer had been bought by the Wakefield NHS Trust from Modeltech Int’l” to raise the profile of the importance of fire safety.
“This educational fire simulator took us on a tour around the potential fire dangers in the home and offered life like demonstrations with fire, smoke & arcing special effects including fire alarms. The group found this a very thought-provoking demonstration which offered sensible and lifesaving advice on what to do in case of fire in the home.”
Mrs. Robbins also presented a series of fire prevention statistics that are eye opening and underline the importance of community-based fire prevention training.
Did you know that?
- You’re twice as likely to die in a fire if you don’t have a smoke alarm that works
- 90 people die each year because the battery in their smoke alarm was flat or missing
- over half of home fires are caused by cooking accidents
- more than 5 fires a day are caused by candles
- Every 3 days someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette
- Faulty electrics cause around 7,000 house fires across the country every year
Planning a safe escape is crucial to all families and we have asked all our foster carers to ensure they have a Fire Evacuation Plan in place:
- Plan an escape route and make sure everyone knows how to escape
- Make sure exits are kept clear
- The best route is the normal way in and out of your home
- Think of a second route in case the first one is blocked
- Take a few minutes to practice your escape plan
- Review your plan if the layout of your home changes
What to do if there is a fire
- Don’t tackle fires yourself; leave it to professionals
- Keep calm and act quickly, get everyone out as soon as possible
- Don’t waste time investigating what’s happened or rescuing valuables
- If there is smoke, keep low where the air is cleaner
- Before you open a door check if it’s warm. If it is, don’t open it – fire is on the other side
- Call 999 as soon as you are clear of the building
For a free home fire risk check contact your local fire and rescue service.
For more information on Hazard House and other safety training simulators visit Modeltech.com