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Prevention

houseIn October of 1994, the Saco Fire Department in partnership with the Biddeford Fire Department unveiled a fire safety training tool that would enable them to teach local school children how to make their homes safe as well as what to do in the event that a fire occurred in their home. The safety house has a bedroom and kitchen equipped with smoke detectors, pull stations, and cameras. The activities can be monitored in a control room located at the far end of the safety house. Each year Saco teaches approximately 800-1000 students in crawling below smoke, kitchen safety, dialing 911, selecting a meeting place, smoke detectors, having a second way out and much more. The program has been a great success and each year the students look forward to the training sessions. The safety house enables the students to have practical application to lessons learned.