SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah Fire Department is hoping to expand its lessons on fire safety by bringing back its Fire Safety House.
The house hasn't been used in years but will be back in the community soon. Firefighters used to take this mobile home out to different schools around the city to teach young children about fire safety.
Earlier this year, Savannah Fire received a total of $20,000 from the Hartford Insurance Company to prevent residential fires. Savannah Fire partnered with the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System to develop a program designed to teach children to take an active role in reducing fire risks in their homes. With the Fire Safety House, students will be able to see ways to prevent fires as well as what to do in an emergency.
The superintendent for Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools says she hopes young children will learn these lifesaving lessons and then teach their families back at home.
"We teach them in the classroom, but they get to feel it and experience it here and they get to go home and excited to talk about it. It'll be like 'stop, drop, and roll' - they can each recite that, but know they'll get to learn additional strategies to stop, drop, and roll. We want them to be fully prepared," said Dr. Ann Lovett, Superintendent of Schools, SCCPSS. "We're making it real by letting them be in the actual situation and go through the house room by room and learn how to prevent fires."
Savannah Fire hopes to have the Fire Safety House spruced up by this summer, so you could see it around the community this fall.