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Merriwether Fire Department awards savings bonds to winners of Fire Safety essay contest

web posted December 4, 2007
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Fire Department awarded three students at the Merriwether Elementary School as winners in this year’s Fire Safety essay contest Monday morning. Each student was awarded a $50 Savings Bond for his or her entry on Fire Safety in the home as a part of the recent Fire Safety Week Program promoted by the local fire department.

The winners were Kaylee Carpenter in the third grade (middle right), Mallory Fulmer for the fourth grade (middle), and Olivia Bernard for grade five (middle left). The wining entries are listed below and EdgefieldDaily.com congratulates all students that entered for their participation. The presentations were made by Merriwether Firefighters David Bunch (L) and Jason Sikes (R).

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3rd grade winner – Kaylee Carpenter
Parents: Brian and Margaret Carpenter

My home is safe because I have a fire extinguisher and I know where to go. My house is also safe because I have two smoke detectors and I never go back inside the house. We have a meeting place and I would never go out of my room before I feel the door to see if it is hot. Is your home safe?

Fire safety
4th grade winner – Mallory Fulmer
Parents: John and LeAnn Fulmer

These are the ways my house is safe if there’s ever a fire. The first reason is we have a smoke detector. So if there’s ever a fire it will beep really loud. We have one in every room so no matter where it starts I’ll know right away.

My second reason I think my house is safe if there’s a fire is we have a meeting place if there’s a fire. That way we’ll know everyone is safe and won’t send a firefighter in the house looking for someone.

My third reason I think my house is safe is because we have windows in every so if I feel the door and it feels hot I could jump out because it’s not too high.

So my fourth reason is there’s nothing blocking the doors or windows. So if there was a fire it would be easier to get out. So those are the reasons I think my home is safe.

Fire Safety in the Home
5th grade winner – Olivia Bernard
Parents: Jack and Arleen Bernard

Some of the most important things in life are the things that keep you safe. Some of these think specialize in fire safety and that the kind of safety tools I am going to talk about. I’ll also talk about things that cause fire. The main fire safety tools are: fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire alarms, escape pland and rope lappers for high windows.

The fire extinguisher is used for putting out fires, and is usally a white powder. You need to spray on the fire for it to work.

The smoke detector is used for telling you if smoke is sensed inside your house. It tells you by making a loud shrieking noise.

Fire alarms are used so someone call tell everyone in the building to evacuate and alert the fire stations with a touch of a button.

Escape plans are used to help us know what to do in case of an emergency. Plans include such things as: where to meet up, where the nearest exit is and emergency numbers.

Last, but not least, you may need a rope ladder if your bed is higher than six feet above the ground. You can roll it up in your closet or by the window so in case of an emergency you can climb out.

Some of the things that start tires are: lint clogging in dryers, not all the way burt out cigarettes, grease left along on a stove and gasoline on fires.

Lint clogging is caused by long use of dryers. After awhile you should always check your dryer for link so they don’t cause a fire.

Throwing cigarette butts on the ground is definitely wrong. If by chance they are still on fire, it could cause a massive fire in a building. You should always squeeze the end and throw it in a proper container, but don’t smoke!

Grease left alone can cause a burning hot fire. If you have ever touched hot grease you know what I mean. Never use water to put out a grease fire. You should either put sand, salt or sugar on it or cover it with a wet towel.

You should never use gasoline to start fire. It has made many fires below up in the past and has burned a lot of people. I suggest you buy a store bought fire starter.
These are some safety tips about fire prevention and causes. If you use them well you should always be safe from fires. I plan to use them in my home and I hope you use them too.

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