Barrow CERT teaches students how to use fire extinguishers

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

WINDER -- Prior to summer break, members of the Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team took it upon themselves to show high schoolers some valuable safety tips.

Lessons that could prove life-saving.

Five members of the Barrow CERT visited classes at Apalachee High School in May, with a purpose to impart in students fire-safety acumen and the proper use of fire extinguishers.

The students had classroom instruction on how to properly handle a fire extinguisher, followed by bona fide hands-on experience with the equipment. They learned the PASS (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep) method, and when to identify that a fire is too big for the use of an extinguisher, leaders said.

"The students from Apalachee were very responsive to this class," said CERT spokesperson Connie Keener in a release. "Their teachers ... also appreciated the volunteer group taking their free time to teach their students."

The knowledge could prove the difference between life and death, leaders said.

"You just never know when this may come in handy," former Barrow CERT president Bob Richardson said. "One day they may be lucky enough to save a life, or their own home, with this knowledge."

Other CERT members who assisted Richardson and Keener in the training were Richard Pepper, Frank Fahey and Adul Keomahtahai.

For additional information about the Barrow CERT program, visit www.barrowcert.org or call 770-868-7270.