Sacramento firefighters to offer free home fire extinguishing training

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District is offering free community fire safety and extinguishing training throughout July.

The District will fund four trainings in the proper use of home extinguishers through a $467,116 FEMA grant. The funding also will allow more than 900 residential care facilities to be inspected for proper fire code regulations, according to a news release.

“People see them but never use them,” said Mark Morris, a Metro Fire inspector. Morris hosted the “Camp Smokey,” fire extinguishing simulation at the California State Fair Thursday.

Parents Antonio and Maria Deleon of Elk Grove visited Camp Smokey Thursday and said they continually teach Angel, 7, and Antonio, 8, fire safety and their home escape plan.

“Every other month we will do a drill,” said Antonio Deleon. He said the boys have been taught how to exit their one-story home from their bedroom window.

When December Brinsfield, a volunteer for Camp Smokey, asked Antonio and Angel how to check if there is a fire behind a door, both boys excitedly told Brinsfield to use the back of the hand to test whether the door is hot.

Morris encourages homeowners and renters to purchase a mulitpurpose extinguisher with an “A,B,C” tag, indicating it extinguishes paper, fabric, wood, gas and electrical fires. Morris also advises people to practice using them.

Jessica Hice: 916-321-1550, @JesserPea

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District home fire extinguishing training

Friday : 10 a.m. to noon inside the California State Fair at Camp Smokey.

Wednesday, : 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sacramento Metro Fire Station Number 50 on 8880 Gerber Road

July 30: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Station Number 50 and 10 a.m. to noon in Sation Number 106 on 2200 Park Town Circle

Events are free and open to the public