Seguin Fire Department, CCSCT to exchange free safety devices for safety training
Posted on 3/17/2019 10:52:00 AM.

(Seguin) --  Fire safety at home begins with you. The Seguin Fire Department, in partnership with the Community Council of South-Central Texas, will be continuing their series of “Safe at Home” fire safety workshops throughout the year. The series, which kicked off last week, continues this Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Silver Center.

Seguin Fire Marshal Greg Dreiss says the workshops are aimed at providing awareness and education to elderly and disabled residents in the community.

"This program is divided into four phases. Phase One is smoke detectors and how to properly respond to them and fire escape plans. Phase Two is cooking safety. Phase Three is electrical and winter safety and then Phase Four, we will actually go out to the homes and do a fire safety survey of their homes to ensure that their homes are as safe as possible," said Dreiss.

While the workshops are aimed toward older individuals in the community, all ages are welcome to attend for free. Dreiss says the partnership with the CCSCT not only promotes prevention but will help equip senior citizens, the elderly and disabled residents with the right tools to keep their homes safe.

"Together, we have received grants to help educate our public on safety. One of the areas that they chose to concentrate their portion on is fire safety and also safety of the home for not only for the older adults but also for  children. Through that, if you attend more than one of these sessions, the different phases, they have stuff to provide you for safety in your home and then also, we have -- if there is a need for them to have smoke detectors -- we have those available as well through some generous donations through St. James (Catholic) Church over the last summer, we have smoke detectors from there -- a smoke detector drive to install for people. We won't just give them to them. We actually go out and install them in their homes to make sure they are installed properly, in the proper place and  proper distance," said Dreiss.

Dreiss says he encourages families to take advantage of these free workshops and ask that they share the opportunity for the classes with others.

"And I hear that every time I have a fire when families are there --'We never thought that this could happen to us!' It's always a surprise. No one expects to have this and by making sure that we try to prevent these as best as we can and also prepare for them with having a fire escape plan for their homes and practicing twice it a year, this encourages their chances to get out in a safe manner without being injured. We want to make sure that all of our citizens at the end of the day -- even if they have a fire -- that they are not injured. The only thing matters is that their lives are intact. Property is property and a life is more important so we always want to make sure that our lives of our citizens are paramount and hopefully, preventing some of these instances and then also teaching them how to respond if they happens to them," said Dreiss.

Again, residents who attend at least two workshops in the series will be eligible to receive free safety devices for their home, such as first aid kits and carbon monoxide alarms.

After Tuesday, the next scheduled safety workshop will immediately follow on that Wednesday, March 20 from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Seguin Public Library.
Seguin Fire/EMS Department; CCSCT

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