The fire safety house owned by Pike County Emergency Services recently got a makeover and will be able to teach many more generations of children about the dangers of house fires. It was purchased with a grant from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Fire Prevention and Safety program in 2003. Each year, every kindergartener at Pike County Elementary school takes a trip through the safety house.
“It’s an awesome, purpose-built tool, a mobile classroom. It has almost everything we need to teach kids about fire safety,” said deputy fire chief of operations Randy Snyder. “Hands down, it beats a video any day and greatly reinforces learning, which leads to retention. The alternative is something we obviously can’t show them - a live fire.”
Firefighter Brian Michel talks to young students about what to do in case of a house fire in the Pike County Emergency Services safety house. The safety house is seen by all kindergarten students at Pike County Primary School during the annual Farm Day held at Chestnut Oak in Meansville.