Fire Safety Festival Saturday

An event this weekend in Stephens County will look to stress the importance of fire safety.

People First of Stephens County, an advocacy group for people with disabilities, is hosting its annual Fire Safety Festival Saturday at Emory Johnson Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to People First Supporter Jeraldine Hayes, the event started a few years ago after a fatal fire in Toccoa.

She said the event will have a lot of useful information.

“The Habersham Fire Department has a mobile unit that they will bring and, along with the Toccoa Fire Department, will conduct hands-on training on how to properly escape a house on fire,” said Hayes.

The event will include other activities as well, including a Blood Connection Blood Drive, games, refreshments, and more.

For more information, call 706-244-2646.

This week is Fire Prevention Week and Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is offering, along with fire personnel around the state, a number of tips to stay fire safe.

Those include installing working smoke alarms on every level of a home and inside and outside of each sleeping area, developing a fire escape plan that identifies two ways out of each room and a family meeting place outside, making sure that plan allows for any specific needs in the household, and practicing using that plan at least twice a year.