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State Fire Marshal’s Office Life Safety Trailers Hit the Road for Education

Thursday October 10, 2019
Picture is a profile of the Fire Marshal's Office Life Safety House, which is a large trailer parked in a parking lot. It has Sparky the Fire Dog on the side checking a smoke alarm.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office’s mission is to identify, develop, and promote ways and means of protecting life and property from fire-related perils through direct action and coordination of Utah Fire Services.

One important way in which the Fire Marshal’s Office works toward that mission is through education about fire prevention and safety.

Picture is a profile of the Fire Marshal's Office Life Safety House, which is a large trailer parked in a parking lot. It has Sparky the Fire Dog on the side demonstrating stop drop and roll.

Life Safety Houses

To help provide fire safety education, the Fire Marshal’s Office maintains eight Life Safety House trailers throughout Utah.

These trailers are great tools for teaching many fire and life safety topics. Each Life Safety House is equipped to teach:

  • Fire escape from a child’s bedroom with the use of smoke, smoke alarms, and a heated door
  • Kitchen fire prevention and safety with the use of a stove, pan, toaster, sink, microwave, and fire   extinguisher
  • Injury prevention: including burns, poison, drowning, firearm safety, seat belt use, and helmet use
  • Fireplace safety
  • Match and lighter safety
  • Alarms – carbon monoxide, smoke alarms and smoke alarms with strobe.
Children walk into the Life Safety House trailer while two deputy fire marshal's look on.

Busy Time of Year

With school back in session and National Fire Prevention Week, the Fire Marshal’s trailers have been in demand. Some details about the recent activity for the trailers is as follows:

  • Towns using the trailers range as far as Logan to St George, Richfield to Thatcher, Utah.
  • In September, the Life Safety Trailers visited 7 different fire departments, reaching an estimated 2,600 Utahns, most of whom were youth.
  • In October, the trailers are anticipated to visit 12 different fire departments.
  • The Fire Marshal’s Office estimates that during October, 15,200 to  22,000 Utahns will go through the trailers.
  • Some fire departments are trying to visit every elementary school in their district.
Deputy Fire Marshal discusses kitchen safety in the kitchen section of the trailer with preschool students.
Deputy Fire Marshal discusses appliance and electricity safety with preschool students inside the life safety trailer.
Children stand at the window of the Life Safety House Trailer as fake smoke fills the room and deputy fire marshal explains to them what to do.
Children stand at the window of the Life Safety House Trailer as fake smoke fills the room and deputy fire marshal explains to them what to do. One deputy fire marshal helps the children out the back of the trailer.
Deputy Fire marshal helps lift children out of the back window of the life safety trailer.

More Information

To read more about the State Fire Marshal’s Office life and safety education program, visit https://firemarshal.utah.gov/fire-life-safety-education/

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