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Family Picnic – Fire Safety House

July 22, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Iowa CPCU Society Chapter will host the Blank Children's Hospital Fire Safety House on Saturday, July 22 from 11 am - 1 pm at Westchester Park (4901 Valdez Drive, Des Moines).  We will supply a picnic lunch (catered on-site by Hy-Vee to include burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, fruit, cookies, beverages) for all CPCUs and their family members.  Just let us know how many will be coming from your family and we'll be sure to have lunch ready for them!

The Iowa Chapter has been a long-term supporter of the Fire Safety House.  Our most recent commitment of $12,500 was instrumental toward the purchase of the new Fire Safety House.  We even have our Chapter logo on the side! 

We hope you'll join us on July 22 as we learn more about fire safety. 

About Fire Safety House

The house offers hands-on learning to prepare children for the unexpected and frightening experience of a fire. In addition to teaching children about fire safety, the house can also be used to train children about what to do in severe weather such as thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Similar in appearance to an RV or motor home, the Fire Safety House is a mobile, wheelchair-accessible fire education tool designed to teach children vital burn prevention and fire escape methods through a fun, safe simulation of common household hazards. The Fire Safety House is equipped with a kitchen, living room and bedroom which feature the types of dangers children should look for.

Realistic fire simulations!

The Fire Safety House is a mobile, handicapped-accessible fire safety education tool which can easily be towed to any location statewide. The bedroom can be filled with a non-toxic smoke. The smoke is a non-toxic, theatrical product that offers realistic conditions and a memorable demonstration. Participants are reminded of the importance of developing a home fire escape plan, including alternate escape routes from each room of their home for their family's safety.

A life saving experience!

The Fire Safety House provides a hands-on learning tool that prepares children for the unexpected and frightening experiences of a fire. Built on a trailer frame, the small house contains the three rooms where fires start most frequently: the kitchen, the living room and the bedroom. Demonstrations are conducted by firefighters and experienced volunteers. Some of the life-saving procedures taught are:

  • How to crawl under smoke.
  • How to feel a door before opening it.
  • How to use a fire escape ladder.
  • What a smoke detector sounds like.
  • How to call 9-1-1.

Severe Weather Education

The Fire Safety House is equipped to create a realistic simulation of severe weather, including thunder and lightning, strong winds and tornadoes. During the simulation speakers make the sounds of a storm, subwoofers shake the house like thunder, and strobe lights create lightning. Children learn how to understand severe weather warnings on television, assume the proper crouching position during a tornado, and remain calm during a storm.


July 22, 2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Adam Haugerud, MBA, CPCU


Westchester Park
4901Valdez Drive
Des Moines, IA 50310 United States
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