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Fire Prevention Week 2014
Safety tip sheets
A couple of weekends ago my 16-year-old goddaughter flew in from Southern California. Heather had never been to the east coast before so I put together an ambitious list of activities for us. We hopped aboard a red trolley on her first day in town, the conductor providing a narrated tour that included Kennedy family lore and Boston’s Revolutionary War history. Then, with the wind in our hair, we settled onto the top deck of a ferry for a late afternoon harbor cruise. The next day we window shopped at designer boutiques and art galleries along Newbury Street, known as the “Rodeo Drive of the East.” On a whim we ventured into a chic gift shop and bought identical retro-1960s sunglasses. Her stay concluded with an old-fashioned church cookout so she could see how non-tourists live. But before we did any of those things I reviewed with Heather the escape routes from my condo unit and the exits from the building. I talked to her about the importance of fire escape planning and practice as this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme advises us. Heather’s stay was a reminder of the importance of reviewing fire escape plans with guests and visitors and the role of parents and caregivers in discussing sleepover safety with their kids. So during her stay, Heather was not only a student of New England culture and history, she also got an important lesson on fire safety.