Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator unveiled the newest addition to Sheriff's Safety Town today - a safety house for children to explore and learn about home hazards, severe weather, fire safety, and more.
The 1,200 square-foot facility features a realistic living area, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, and a state-of-the art audio-visual system to simulate the sights and sounds of dangerous conditions in the home.
The Weather and Fire Safety House is Phase II of an interactive learning center designed and developed by Prator to reduce the number of childhood accidents in Caddo Parish and surrounding areas. "I'm confident that because of the efforts of our community and the work of the agencies involved that we have saved lives and prevented injuries," he said. "Without the financial and in-kind contributions from citizens and local businesses, and the donation of time and service by the public safety agencies who share our vision and help staff this facility, none of this would be possible."
In the Weather and Fire Safety House, students will feel the rumbling of thunder, hear the crack of lightning, and ultimately see a simulated tornado cross in front of the kitchen windows. Meanwhile, they'll receive weather alerts on the living room television while Safety Town instructors train them on how and where to take cover inside the house.