Last night was our community’s Fire Prevention night, so Ben and I spent the evening at the fire station. Ben quickly disappeared to put his gear on to help with a vehicle rescue demonstration , while I wandered around sipping burnt coffee (hey, it was free, so who’s complaining?) and watching the local kids learn how to use a fire extinguisher, how to exit a burning building, and other important fire safety tips.
About halfway through the event, the station got a fire call for a structure fire, so the kids were able to see the firefighters in action (which included rounding up little ones so the engine could pull out of the bay!).
While we waited for everyone to get back, I found myself wondering why Fire Prevention Week isn’t in September, during National Preparedness Month? I mean, if a natural disaster leaves you stranded without power for days, isn’t it equally important to know how to control a campfire as it is to know how to start one?
I have to admit, I probably never would have asked the question if I hadn’t had the opportunity to check out Zippo’s new Emergency Fire Starter kit this past weekend. The kit is in a bright orange, weather resistant plastic box that’s about the size of a lighter. Inside is a flint wheel and waxed tinder sticks that can get a fire started without matches or a lighter. We also tried Zippo’s campfire starter cedar puck, which crumbled into little pieces instead of breaking into four sections, but still worked really well to help keep our fire burning.