An exciting attraction will be coming to the Murrumbateman Field Days for the first time this year, in the form of a uniquely educational tool called Smoke House.
The Smoke House aims to educate children about the dangers of smoke inhalation and how to act properly in the case of smoke or a fire breaking out in their home.
It is, according to Operational Officer for the Southern Tablelands Zone of the Rural Fire Service (RFS) Daniel Osborne, run by “dedicated volunteers”, who offer their time and knowledge in order to educate the community on fire safety.
“It is my role to coordinate Community Engagement events where we rely strongly on our dedicated volunteers to facilitate them,” Mr Osborne explained.
The Smoke House relies on local volunteers, and Mr Osborne stressed the importance of such initiatives in which enable the community to protect itself.
“It is so important for us to educate kids about what to do if they are caught in a house fire, so they understand how they should react,” Mr Osborne said.
“The Smoke House is a key attraction that allows us to engage children and teach them about get down low and go, go, go and stop, drop, cover, roll.”
The danger, he said, was that fires in homes can happen much more suddenly than many people realise, and it is critical that they know what to do in order to protect their families in such circumstances.
"Many people don't realise that it only takes a couple of minutes for a house to become fully involved in fire, this is why it is extremely important for the entire family to have an understanding of what to do if a fire breaks out inside the home.
“Every family needs to have a Home Fire Escape Plan, that includes an agreed safe meeting place, ensure everyone is aware of the plan and practices it regularly.”
The Smoke House will be on display for the first time during the 21st and 22nd of October in Murrumbateman.