Medford Fire-Rescue gets new educational tool

Medford Fire-Rescue has received a new educational tool designed to teach about fire prevention and safety.

The tool, called the Hazard House, is a portable home model. It uses visual and audio effects to show examples of how fires start in the house and how people can remove hazards and reduce the risk of fire. It also promotes smoke detection and fire suppression systems, and the importance of practicing exit drills.

The fire agency's Life Safety Division has used a simulator to teach nearly 1,200 fourth graders. The Hazard House will replace that simulator and reach even more students, officials said.

A $16,800 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant paid for the tool.

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