State fire marshall visits elementary schools


Tom Gallagher speaks to a group of Hidden Oak elementary students about the importance of fire safety and working smoke detectors.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 11:28 p.m.
Florida's Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshall Tom Gallagher visited Gainesville last week to promote fire safety as part of Alachua County Fire Rescue's Public Education Program.
Gallagher spoke to students at Duval and Hidden Oak elementary schools and demonstrated smoke detectors to pupils. He also helped install smoke detectors in homes after having lunch with members of Alachua County Fire Rescue.
Young children and senior citizens have the highest risk of death and injury from fire, Gallagher said.
"Good planning and awareness and working smoke detectors are essential to surviving a fire," he said. "A great place to start spreading the message of fire safety is through our children."

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