Safety & Fire Education House

kids standing outside safe houseOverview

The Williamsburg Safety And Fire Education House provides a mobile and convenient forum for fire safety and crime prevention programs. It consists of a 34-foot-long house trailer outfitted with a kitchen, bedroom, and living room. The unit enables us to expand our current educational programs to provide hands-on education in the areas of fire safety, fire, and crime prevention. 

Target audiences include:

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Civic groups
  • Employees of business and industry
  • Physically challenged
  • Senior citizens

Fire / Safety Education Topics Addressed

How to Escape/ EDITH 

Displays address the importance of home fire escape plans and provide step-by-step instructions on how to design a home fire escape plan.

Child calling 911Home Fire Hazards

A variety of home fire hazards can be illustrated throughout the three rooms. Hazards include:

  • Appliance cords hanging over the edges of counters
  • Ashtrays left on armchairs
  • Children playing with matches/lighters
  • Cords extending under carpeting
  • Frayed electrical cords
  • Overhead electrical outlets
  • Smoking in bed
  • Unattended food on the stove
  • Uncovered electrical outlets around children

Smoke Detectors & Fire Extinguishers

Displays and demonstrations illustrate the proper maintenance and placement of smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

Reporting an Emergency

A closed-circuit telephone system will allow children to dial 911 and practice reporting an emergency. Adults will view a video or display on how a call is received and how the information is dispatched from the communications center.

people exiting the SafehouseFeatures

Features of the mobile unit include a smoke generator for the simulation of fire conditions, smoke detectors, and alerting devices for the hearing impaired. Alternative safe exits can also be demonstrated. 

Where can the Safe House go?

  • Apartment complexes
  • Business and industry
  • Churches
  • Libraries
  • Local neighborhoods
  • Public events
  • Schools
  • Senior citizen housing and convalescent centers
  • Shopping centers


The mobility of the Safety and Fire Education House increases visibility in our community and provides greater accessibility to specific groups and the general public. The unit enhances the majority of our lecture presentations by providing additional "hands-on" instruction. It is a highly versatile unit as topics and displays can be directed to suit any particular age group.