Fire prevention goes on the road this week

LIHUE — Helen Lacono toured the Kauai Fire Department’s training trailer Saturday at The Home Depot just in time for Fire Protection Week.

With the theme of “Prevent Kitchen Fires,” the training trailer was appropriate with its scenario of a home kitchen and what to do in the event of a kitchen fire.

Emily Loo was silent and getting comforted by her dad Damien as the “smoke” overcame the tiny room.

Robert Craddick, a KFD fire inspector, said in a lot of the house fires, people get trapped in upper floors, telling children to put out a towel from their window as a signal someone is in the room.

“One of the first things firefighters do when responding to a multi-story home is check the windows for the towel,” Craddick said. “The towel tells fire fighters there is a person, or people, in that room and their attention is to get those people out, safely.”

Kauai Fire Capt. Darryl Date said the student activity books for Fire Prevention Week have been distributed to the schools ahead of the fall break this week. The fall break and the coinciding of Fire Prevention Week keeps the trailer housed until the department starts its school tours starting in January, Date said.

The Kauai Fire Department will have its training trailer at the Big Kmart store Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the store’s parking lot. It is free.

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