HLAA KC invites those with hearing loss and their families to learn fire safety from the Overland Park Fire Department. Discussion will include what families can do to survive a fire and how to make sure they never have a fire. Do you know that a fire doubles in size every 30 seconds to 1 minute? Typically from the first flame you have about 1 ½ – 3 minutes to make it out your front door. After that, you are looking at escaping through the windows. Have you looked out your windows, planned escape route and how you are going to be able to get out safely?
A 25 minute film will be shown that is open-captioned, signed and voiced. The speaker will address the audience for about 30 minutes. There will be an agenda to follow the topics of discussion. If necessary, the OPFD speaker will use a camera to project herself onto a big screen in the front of the classroom. The speaker will be on a microphone, speak slowly and check often to ensure she is being understood.
The film explains the type of smoke alarm OPFD have in stock. The OPFD offers a smoke alarm, which are available to any Overland Park resident with a hearing loss. There is no charge and OPFD will come out and install the alarm in your home. When a fire happens, the alarm will still make an audible sound for anyone who may be hearing in the home, but they also activate a strobe light and will shake the bed to alert of fire. The alarm is interconnected but wireless.
Everyone should be testing his or her smoke alarms once a month. There is a button on the alarm you push that should test the alarm for you. On some of the smoke alarms, you have to push a small pen – or something like a paper clip end – into a small hole on the alarm to test that it is working and it then activates the alarm, strobe light and bed shakers.
If you are a renter, are you aware the landlord is responsible for supplying a working smoke alarm upon move in? When someone is going through the final walk-thru before moving in, they can simply push the test button and make sure the alarm is working, if not, then they should notify the landlord immediately, and the landlord is responsible to fix it. After a tenant has moved in, the tenant is responsible for testing their smoke alarm once a month and changing the batteries in it as needed. If a smoke alarm is not fully hooked up it will not respond to the test button.
On the night of the class, contact information will be taken for anyone needing the smoke alarm. Then the fire department educator will contact you via phone or email to arrange a time for a crew to come to your home to install the alarm.
HLAA KC asks you to RSVP by Wednesday, March 14th. If we have over 30 people, the fire department will arrange a larger room that can hold up to 200 people. OPFD needs several working days notice to obtain the larger room. This is why we need RSVP the Wednesday beforehand, although the class is not until Monday the 19th. We also need RSVP so we can have enough handouts prepared as the fire station education specialist is printing up agendas for everyone.
WHEN: Mon, March 19, 7:30-8:30pm or however long it takes to finish up
WHERE: Overland Park Fire Department Training Center
12401 Hemlock, Room 100
Overland Park, KS 66213
SPEAKER: TRICIA ROBERTS
FIRE DEPT PUBLIC EDUCATION SPECIALIST – 913-895-8403