If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, that goes double when it comes to fire prevention. At Perry Wellness Center, we're always seeking ways to promote client safety, both at the center and at home.

fire safety demo

Recently, Certified Peer Specialist Elizabeth Moss contacted members of the Americus Fire and Rescue, and they agreed to visit the center to demonstrate proper fire safety. Field Training Officer Daniel Whitt and CPT Kenneth Burns provided actual demonstrations of proper procedures for extinguishing fires, both outdoors and in the kitchen. (We also learned that half of the fires to which their team responds begin in the kitchen.)

The officers also provided practical tips for personal survival, including a review of "stop, drop, and roll" procedures. Finally, staff and peer members were educated on the various types of fires that can occur. We were reminded that the approach of cooler weather signaled a time for increased fire precautions, due to the use of fireplaces and other open flames.

Each year Americus Fire and Rescue responds to an average of 150 fires or more in the Sumter County area. As busy as they are, we appreciate their willingness to share their expertise with us.

In the photo, CPT Burns and Field Training Officer Whitt share information with PWC peer members.

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