Dixie Fritz presented the program,”Fire Safety,” at the recent meeting of the Heart-N-Hands Extension Homemakers Club. The meeting was held at the Centennial Fellowship Church in White Hall.
Fritz discussed the importance of having a firewise home. She first discussed firewise landscaping. Keep leaves and needles off the roof and deck. Trim back branches that overhang structures and prune branches of large trees up to 6 to 10 feet from the ground to prevent fire spread. Fritz next discussed the importance of being prepared. Develop, discuss and practice an emergency action plan with everyone in the home, according to a news release.
Program cell phones with emergency numbers. Have a designated meeting place. Maintain an emergency water supply. Identify the home with legible, clearly marked street names and numbers.
Firewise construction was discussed. Use fire-rated shingles such as asphalt, metal, slate, clay, tile or concrete products. Any attachments to the home must be fire-resistant. Use fire-resident siding.
Fritz closed her program by stating that there are seven fire stations in Pine Bluff. Fire trucks should be able to arrive within three minutes. Residents should make sure their fire detectors work. Never leave anything on the kitchen stove unattended. Handouts from the Jefferson County Extension Service were distributed.
Nancy Rosen, special community service project chairman, reported that she and Margaret Thomas were going to Davis Lifecare Center after the meeting to take gifts for the “adopted” needy resident as well as other donations.
Brenda Robinson, club president, thanked everyone for participating in club and county activities. She announced that Heart-N-Hands EHC received a First Place Honor Club Award at the Jefferson County EHC Fall Council.
Debbie James taught a Christmas Pillow Workshop to the club. Those attending were: Connie Herrin, Cathy Lewis, Patsy Brown, Vivian Gerlach, Delores Kelley, Robinson, Jody Stout, Rosen, Sandy Smith, Carolyn Harness, and Brenda Dixon.
The Jefferson County Extension Homemakers will host their annual Holiday Foods Show at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Hall.
A club silent auction was held to raise funds for the club before the group adjourned to Larry’s Pizza for food and fellowship. Carrie Ebling and her son, Gavin, were guests at the meeting.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.