On May 12, five members of the Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) visited Apalachee High School to teach students fire safety tips and how to properly use fire extinguishers.
The students also had the opportunity to practice the P.A.S.S. (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep) method of extinguisher usage. Students also learned how to recognize signs that a fire is too big to be contained through the use of an extinguisher.
“The students from Apalachee were very responsive to this class,” said CERT spokesperson Connie Keener. “Their teachers, Mandy Blackstock and Dawnya Hill, also appreciated the volunteer group taking their free time to teach their students.”
Barrow CERT Past President Bob Richardson said fire safety skills are important.
"You just never know when this may come in handy,” Richardson said. “One day they may be lucky enough to save a life or their own home with this knowledge."
Richardson, along with CERT members Richard Pepper, Frank Fahey, Adul Keomahtahai and Connie Keener, provided training for the AHS students.
For more information about the Barrow CERT program, visit www.barrowcert.org or call 770-868-7270.