Friday, October 12, 2012
For the past week, members of North Penn Volunteer Fire Company during the day and at night have been meeting with students of schools, day cares and bear scouts to inform them about fire safety. Students have been taught about smoke detectors, the 9-1-1 system, escape plans and what to do in case of a fire. Thursday evening, all of the fire prevention talks paid off.
First, North Penn responded to a kitchen fire. Upon arrival the family was found safely outside the residence. Also the family remembered that they were not suppose to go back inside for any reason. This included the family pet. The search crew quickly retrieved the home owner's dog for them and brought him safely out while the hose team made a knock on the fire.
A few hours later, North Penn responded into Upper Gwynedd Township to a building with a smoke condition. Again, thanks to Fire Prevention Week and a student who remembered what he learned earlier in the week, the family knew to get out of the house and go to their meeting place in their front yard to await the arrival of the fire units.
This is a reminder to everyone to take fire safety seriously, to check your smoke detectors every month, replace the batteries every 6 months, to practice a family escape plan and to have a meeting place in case of an emergency.