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Chicago Children’s Museum Highlights ’10 Steps to Fire Safety’ During National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9-15, 2005


CHICAGO, Oct. 9 -- One of Chicago Children’s Museum’s newest hands-on exhibits, “The Allstate Foundation Presents Play It Safe,” teaches children and families effective home safety strategies. Developed in collaboration with the Chicago Fire Department, “Play It Safe” is designed to suggest a realistic house and backyard and is packed with inventive activities that explore ways of preventing -- and responding to -- common emergencies and potential hazards.

The “10 Steps to Fire Safety” is illustrated by an oversize model house where each “Step” is demonstrated in a room of the house with adult and child doll-size figures. Each “Step” is shared in a kid-friendly way to help make learning about safety fun for the whole family! Now is a great time to review for families to review these steps:

10 Steps to Fire Safety

(1) Smoke detectors save lives.

(2) Have an escape plan.

(3) Sleep with bedroom doors closed.

(4) Roll out of bed, crawl under smoke.

(5) Do not hide.

(6) Know two ways out.

(7) Feel the door with the back of your hand.

(8) Do not go back. Go to your family meeting location.

(9) Call 911 for help.

(10) Practice your escape plan.

In 2005, components of the full-scale exhibit were reproduced to create a 485 square feet version specifically for display at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The new Play It Safe is located in O’Hare’s International Terminal 5, on the departures level, beyond security across from Gate M7. The exhibit is free of charge and accessible to ticketed passengers only. Play It Safe is accessible to people with disabilities.

Additional support for Play It Safe at Chicago Children’s Museum is provided by: Ford Motor Company; Public Museum Capital Grants Program; Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois State Museum; Governor George H. Ryan’s “Illinois FIRST” Initiative.

Architectural services provided through the generosity of BLDD Architects.



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