The Learning Lab teaches participants the core principals of how fires start, how to put out a fire if you must, and most importantly, how to quickly escape a home fire.
Station 1: Fire Tetrahedron
Fire safety training begins by identifying the basic properties of fire. All fires start when heat (a source of ignition) comes into contact with fuel (anything that burns) and oxygen is present. To prevent a fire the goal is to keep sources of ignition and fuel apart.
Participants start by collecting recourses in order to build a small camp fire. Troughout this process we teach core fundamental points while the student answers multiple choice questions along the way. With the conditions met, students are able to start the fire unlocking the next area.
Station 2: Fire Extinguisher Training
Fire extinguishers are extremely important, serving as the most commonly used fire protection system. In many cases they are a first line of defense and often contain or extinguish a fire, preventing costly damage and potentially death. These often overlooked devices can be a key component towards keeping you safe during a fire emergency situation. In approximately 80% of all fire incidents, a simple portable fire extinguisher is all that is needed to put out the fire. Studies have also shown that 60% of fires go unreported. This means that the fire was not severe and could be handled easily with a fire extinguisher.
Participants in Fire Lab learn the core functionality of Fire Extinguishers as well as what type of extinguisher is required for a given fire type.
Station 3: Home Safety Escape Plan
Having an escape plan is just as important to the safety of the residents in your home as installing smoke detectors. It is one of the most important elements of an in home fire safety plan and can save the lives of everyone in your household.
Using a "birds eye view" of multiple home floor plans, Fire Lab allows for us to quickly orient participants with different floor plans in order to identify the quickest and safest pathway of escape. Users control a small character and are timed in guiding that character out of the home while avoiding fires randomly placed throughout the home.
Station 4: Residential Safety Escape Ladder
For most homes or apartments, there is often one staircase leading to the second or third story. Having a fire escape ladder gives anyone who might be trapped on a higher floor the opportunity to get out of your home without the concern of jumping.
Our goal with Fire Lab is to orient participants with fire ladders, how they work, and why they could be a major factor in escaping a home during a house or apartment fire.