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Prevention Education

Fire Life Safety Education (FLSE) is defined in the following areas:  Children's Fire Prevention Education, Adult Public Fire Prevention Education, Project Alert, NC Safe Kids, FLSE Tips, and Child Passenger Safety Seats. Click Here to for Fire Life Safety Tips.

Fire Prevention Education
New Bern Fire-Rescue categorizes Fire Prevention Education in the following areas: Fire Prevention Week, Kid’s Fire Safety House, Safety Troupe (Clowns), and Puppets and Robots.

Fire Prevention Week Every year in October, the Fire Prevention Bureau recognizes National Fire Prevention Week.  This affords fire department personnel the opportunity to deliver fire prevention and fire safety messages to the city's elementary and private schools.  Age-appropriate educational messages are taught to each grade level through means such as puppetry, the mobile fire safety house, clowns, classroom lectures, and games (i.e., Fire Jeopardy).  In addition, children receive handout materials and small tokens emphasizing the need for fire prevention and fire safety education.

Kid's Fire Safety House
Kid's Fire Safety House In addition to station tours, New Bern Fire-Rescue also provides an inflatable Fire Safety House.  Children are walked through the structure while being instructed on fire safety, and at the end exit via a window with a slide.

New Bern Safety Troupe (Clowns)
The New Bern Safety Troupe started "clowning around" in February of 2001 when three firefighters began searching for a new way to spread the age old message of fire safety.  Several months later the troupe's membership had grown to six.

With Fire Prevention Week being their main focus, these six men soon realized this was a golden opportunity to get their point across to both the young and young at heart.  Currently ten members strong, "Hoser," "Chia," "Riskee," "Smutt," "Cool," "Spanner," "Smokey," "Patches," "Backfyre," and "Lightwater" deliver fire prevention and fire safety messages through various skits and performances.

Word quickly spread about the troupe and their crowd pleasing performances and, as a result, they are often asked to perform at pre-schools, schools, nursing homes, local festivals, and parades.  The New Bern Safety Troupe has supported such organizations as MDA, Relay for Life, and the local Boy Scouts of America.

A non-profit organization, the troupe's primary support is New Bern Fire-Rescue.  Businesses and organizations within the community have also pledged their support by providing donations.  It is through this continued support the New Bern Safety Troupe is able to meet their primary objective:  delivering fire safety messages in a fun and innovative way.

Puppets and Robots Puppets and robots are other tools used to teach the importance of fire safety and fire prevention.  Puppet shows performed by fire department personnel using a variety of puppets and music delight kids (and adults) of all ages.  In addition, there is also a "family" of remote-controlled robots who arrive on "fire scenes" via a remote-controlled fire engine.  "Pluggie," a remote-controlled fire hydrant, is always a hit with the kids squirting them with water when they least expect it.




 

Public Education
New Bern Fire-Rescue offers a variety of education opportunities for adults, as well as children. The Fire Prevention Bureau offers Fire Extinguisher Classes, as well as a variety of lecture presentations on Fire Life Safety Education. For more information on public education for your organization or place of business, please call (252)639-2931 or email Fire Marshal Danny Hill.

Smoke Alarms:  Installation, Maintenance &
Testing                                                                                       

How do I choose a smoke alarm?           
Decide if you need a fire alarm that operates on batteries or electric current. All laboratory-tested smoke alarms will protect you if they are properly installed and maintained.                                                                                                                            

How many smoke alarms do I need? 
You will need at least one smoke alarm on every floor of your home, including the basement level. New homes require smoke alarms in each sleeping room. On floors without bedrooms, install alarms in or near dens, living rooms, family rooms, and other living areas. If someone in your home is hearing impaired, you can select a smoke alarm that flashes or is equipped with a strobe light.

Where should I install smoke alarms?
Wall-mounted smoke alarms should be positioned 4" - 12" from the ceiling. Ceiling-mounted alarms should be installed at least 4" away from the nearest wall. In a room with a pitched ceiling, mount the alarm at or near the ceiling’s highest point.

Smoke alarm maintenance and testing 
Smoke alarms should be tested, at least once a month, by pushing the “test button."  New batteries should be installed twice a year, or per your manufacturer’s recommendation.  A good habit to develop is to change batteries in the spring when you turn your clock ahead and in the fall when you turn your clock back.

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