Fire safety program offered tonight at Bowie Elementary

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Sept 18, 2007 - Bowie Elementary School will be hosting a special “Coordinated School Health Parent Program” tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. for parents of Sulphur Springs elementary and intermediate school students.

The event marks the first the elementary schools have collaborated to offer for parents this year. Hopkins County Fire Chief Carl Nix and the Hopkins County Fire Prevention team will be at Bowie Elementary to present the program. The purpose of the community health program is to educate parents about handling emergency situations, first safety and fire prevention. Hopkins County’s Fire Prevention team will also talk about the importance of and forming escape plans for families.

The event is being given by elementary and intermediate health and physical education teachers to help better prepare parents for fire or other emergency situations which might arise.

The Hopkins County Fire Prevention Team includes Investigator Steve Caudle, his accelerant detection dog, and several members of Hopkins County Fire Dept. who dedicate hours of work to talk to groups about fire safety. Each year in October they begin visiting the county schools, talking to children about ways to prevent fires and what to do in the event of a fire.

While they will touch on fire safety in the home, the primary focus will coincide with the Fire Safety Week and Prevention Month (October) theme: “exit strategies,” including those for home, work, businesses, hotels and any other location it could become necessary to quickly evacuate the premises.

Parents of all elementary and intermediate school students in SSISD are encouraged to attend.

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