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"Stop, Drop And Roll"
Contact local schools or fitness centers to borrow gym mats to have children practice this important skill. Emphasize the need to practice the skill so that it will be an immediate reaction when the need arises. While the younger crowd is quite willing to indulge in this activity, try to persuade the older groups as well.
Another gym mat to practice the "crawl low under smoke" skill is helpful. Two open house workers can hold a blanket at waist level to simulate smoke. Children then crawl under the "smoke" and out to safety. Remind them to go straight to the nearest exit and never re-enter a smoke-filled building.
Handouts not only pass along information to residents and their families, they're also a visual reminder of what was taught at the open house. Pre-printed brochures can be purchased or a computer publishing program can make personalized brochures. By having these available and handing them out to guests, visitors have the opportunity to look over the information they may have missed through the demonstrations, and can refresh themselves on key points.