Know how to prevent house fires

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By The Staff

Learn how to protect your home from wildfires, and take measures to prevent house fires, in a free presentation 7 p.m. today at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
Dan Ware, Fire Prevention and Outreach Program Manager for the New Mexico State Forestry Division, will talk about how residents can prepare themselves for the upcoming wildfire season.
Van Leimer of the Los Alamos Fire Department will discuss general fire safety measures you can take to prevent fire in your home.
Wildfires have already become a reality across the state, and there are many programs New Mexico residents can take part in to be as prepared as possible.
Ware will talk about Firewise and Ready, Set, Go! two programs which are coordinated by New Mexico State Forestry and are easily adapted by residents and communities. Ware will also give a brief look at the upcoming season and the potential for more wildfires across New Mexico.
Leimer will call upon his years of experience as a firefighter to talk about general fire safety in the home, and what we can do to prevent fires, as well as how to be prepared in the event of a home fire. Topics will include smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, escape plans, being prepared for fire and fire statistics.
Ware also serves as Fire Information Officer for the state. A resident of New Mexico since 1991, he worked in radio and television, as well as public and government relations for AAA New Mexico and the University of New Mexico.
He has worked on the fuel mitigation and continued to work on the wildland fire and EMS crews for Red River until 2008.
He went through the Los Alamos Fire Academy in 2009 and since then Leimer has been actively participating in EMS and the wildland program for LAFD. He participated in the Las Conchas Fire and has subsequently become more active in the wildland fire mitigation.
This event is free to attend, and no advance registration is required. For more information about this and other programs at PEEC, visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org, or by call 662-0460.