Onslow Co. Fire Experts Stress Fire Safety With Students

There's nothing like a teenager to keep you on your toes and a group of students in Onslow County did just that for fire experts at the Hubert Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday.

Onslow County Fire Marshal Brian Kelly teaches teens fire safety with science.

"Smoke is a very dangerous thing," Kelly says. "Evacuating the home is critical and more important than that is early notification. Smoke detectors greatly reduce our risk of death in the home, so we really want them to understand that."

Emergency Responder Tim O'Toole explained to the students how quickly smoke can deprive oxygen to your body and make you delirious.

Kelly says, "They get lost. They get disoriented. Smoke has unfortunately catastrophic affects on the body. Smoke basically reacts to the oxygen that's in your body and you can't rationally think. So again, we hone in with these students, early notification is key."

Fire experts say people should test their smoke alarms at least once a month. They suggest checking the batteries at least once a year.

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