Fire can get out of control ‘in a matter of minutes’

Hamlet assistant fire chief featured speaker in library back-to-school event

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Monica Terry distributes bags of popcorn to kids and adults on Friday at the Hamlet Public Library.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Monica Terry distributes bags of popcorn to kids and adults on Friday at the Hamlet Public Library.

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

HAMLET — Calvin White, assistant fire chief with the Hamlet Fire Department, sued a mix of humor and deadpan seriousness to impart to the more than five dozen children and adults who gathered Friday morning at the Hamlet Public Library for a back-to-school event.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Nicole Jones, right, distributes free book bags to children who are only 10 days away from the start of the new school year.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Nicole Jones, right, distributes free book bags to children who are only 10 days away from the start of the new school year.

Belinda Norton said she wanted the library to host the program with a featured speaker on safety because many children are left home alone for short periods of time in between the end of school and the end of a parent’s work day. They need to know what to do, Norton said, in the event of an emergency.

“They’re little, but they listen and learn,” Norton said.

White proved her right. White often encouraged the children to repeat parts of his message — ensuring they knew the number to call for help was 9-1-1 — in order to get his point across. That is, kids, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Not doing so could lead to disaster.

White talked about how quickly a fire could get out of control. Even a little flame in a trash can, he said, can ignite a larger house fire “in a matter of minutes.” He told audience members they have roughly three minutes to get out of the house.

White encouraged the children and their caregivers to ensure working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors were placed in each big room, bed room and hallway in their homes. Detectors should be tested once a month and batteries should be replaced in battery-powered detectors every six months.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Calvin White, assistant chief of the Hamlet Fire Department, explains the uses of some of the tools on a firetruck to more than 40 children Friday during a back-to-school program at Hamlet Public Library.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Calvin White, assistant chief of the Hamlet Fire Department, explains the uses of some of the tools on a firetruck to more than 40 children Friday during a back-to-school program at Hamlet Public Library.

Kids and adults alike enjoyed a visit from Sparky the fire dog, popcorn and White’s explanation of various tools on the firetruck stationed outside the old Hamlet library on Rice Street.

Along with White, the event was assisted by the Hamlet Police Department and library staff members Monica Terry and Nicole Jones. Terry managed the popcorn machine and Jones took charge of distributing book bags filled with a “starter kit” for each school-aged child including a notebook, a pencil, crayons, erasers, a folder and — for a more immediate need — a pack of cookies.

 

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