With Fire Prevention month right around the corner you should be looking to finalize your plans. I would like to challenge you to take time this year to change what you have done in the past. I challenge you to put a focus on the close the door message. I also challenge you to make it visual and enjoyable for all those you get the privilege to speak to.
By now every firefighter understands the importance of door control until we have water on the fire. We need to take that message farther and utilize the same message to the civilians in our towns and cities. But, is simply talking about this message to schoolchildren enough? Today’s children are visual learners and we need to get them excited about fire prevention and education. So why not utilize a “doll house” prop and show, not just tell them the importance of closing their door when they sleep at night.
A firefighter in Chester VT, Steve Vertefeuille took the Stop Believing Start Knowing plans for the Palmer's House which has become nationally known as the “dollhouse prop” and made some modifications. The Palmer's House is used for fire dynamics training and modified it can be utilized for fire prevention and education. Utilizing the modified Palmer House Plans you can build a prop that can be used over and over again to deliver an important interactive message to everyone in your community.
One of the most important fire prevention messages today is “close the door”. Take this opportunity to download the plans for this prop for free and begin redefining your fire prevention and education in 2017.
Download the plans here – http://www.stopbelievingstartknowing.com/assets/smokehouse-revised.pdf
Watch a short video of this prop being utilized in VT - https://youtu.be/KOywvVic5OM
Please also visit https://closeyourdoor.org/ for additional resources
Lastly, please photograph and video your fire prevention "Close The Door" message and education and share your message on the Stop Believing Start Knowing Facebook, Twitter and Instagram page.
Here are a few photos from the plans and the final product -