The Diligence Fire Company in Summit Hill observed Fire Prevention Week with an open house program and a visit by the Winnie-the-Pooh pre-school, which is located in the borough.

Also participating was the American Hose Company of Lansford. Members of the Lansford department sat up their "Safety House" in the auditorium of the Community Center.

Ed Nunnemacher, an engineer in the Diligence Fire Company, led the youngsters on a tour of the fire station.

Compartments of fire apparatus were opened so the children could see some of the tools utilized in firefighting, fire apparel was explained, and a video on fire safety was shown.

Summit Hill Fire Chief Shawn Hoben showed the proper way to use a fire extinguisher.

Hoben also led the children in "stop, drop, and roll" exercises. The exercises are designed to teach children how to react if their clothing would catch fire.

Joseph Greco and Mike Doerr of the American Hose Company were in charge of events at the Safety House. Children were allowed to climb through the air-filled structure and exit through a window onto a large air mattress.

Doerr explained that the Safety House can be filled with simulated smoke and has important fire safety tips throughout it.

The open house for the Diligence Fire Company was staged for the community in the evening.

The Lansford Fire Department also conducted fire safety programs in the Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning.