UPDATED July 7, 2020:

Safety & Fire Education House

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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 kitchen, bedroom, bath and living room appliances. Target audiences include:

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

Kids running out of Safehouse







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. The mobile unit is more convenient to individuals, groups, civic organizations and schools.

Fire/Safety Education Topics Addressed

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

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

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


Child Proofing...
A display illustrating the various safety latches available for child-proofing a home would emphasize keeping matches and lighters out of children's reach.

Smoke Detectors and 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 to 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.

Features of the mobile unit include a smoke generator for simulation of fire conditions, smoke detectors, and alerting devices for the hearing impaired. Security devices for the prevention of crime and detection of intruders will also be illustrated.

Target Locations

Kid at window of safehouse
  • Shopping centers
  • Schools
  • Libraries
  • Apartment complexes
  • Senior citizen housing and convalescent centers
  • Churches
  • Public events
  • Local neighborhoods
  • Business and industry

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 film and 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.