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Seniors learn when to fight, flee during a house fire

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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2014 4:30 am

Once a month, an average of 30 senior citizens gather at the Harker Heights Recreation Center for Trade Secrets. Participants brainstorm ideas and share their knowledge about various pre-selected topics.  

Brad Alley, Harker Heights Fire Department’s fire marshal, was the guest speaker Jan. 16 and discussed, “House fires: fight or flee?”

“In answer to the question of the day ‘fight it or flee,’ there are three major considerations: How big is it? Is there enough toxic smoke to cut off my air supply? And has it moved to a point to block an escape route?” Alley said.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has promoted the idea of having an exit strategy and making people aware of how they are going to escape if a fire does breaks out.  

“Most people will enter a building and then will tend to exit that building through the same door,” Alley said. “That may not, however, be the shortest way out. We call it situational awareness, or knowing where all the exits are and planning your escape ahead of time.”

The discussion turned to proper use of a fire extinguisher.

Alley said there are several things to consider when purchasing a fire extinguisher and all extinguishers are marked to indicate the amount of liquid in the bottles and how much area can be covered when used.  

“Remember the acronym PASS when using a fire extinguisher,” Alley said. “The steps are pull the pin, aim, squeeze the handle and sweep back and forth.”

Trade Secrets is held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Harker Heights Recreation Center, 307 Miller’s Crossing.

For more information call 254-953-5657

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