Irritating sound saves lives

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LAFD highlights smoke alarms in children’s educational program

By Carol A. Clark

“BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! Smoke Alarms: A sound you can live with,” was the theme for the Los Alamos Fire Department’s fire prevention program this year. There’s nothing more important than to have an early notification of a fire, especially if it’s in the home and the irritating sound from a triggered smoke alarm can and does save lives every day, according to National Fire Protection Association fire statistics.
Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Thompson said this year LAFD public education team members brought smoke alarm education to nearly 2,000 local students attending kindergarten through third grade at Aspen, Barranca Mesa, Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools and Ark, Horizons and Little Forest Playschool and Children’s, Ponderosa, Quemazon and Sage Montessori schools.
“The kids really seemed to enjoy the training and afterwards sent cards and letters to the department thanking the firefighters for visiting their schools and said that they especially liked Sparky the fire dog,” Thompson said.
Aspen Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom said the fact that the fire department uses a special trailer equipped with smoke capabilities in its presentations is key to capturing the students’ attention.

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