Attend an educational burn cell demonstration on Wednesday, September 3, at 6 p.m. The live burns will be held on the southwest corner of the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds in Grinnell. Five mock home and farm scenarios will go up in flames during the 90-minute event.
“The burn cells take place in three-sided 8 by 10 foot rooms. These are a safe way for citizens and fire personnel alike to watch house fires up close and learn how quickly fire can develop,” said Alan Clark, assistant vice president of Special Investigations at Grinnell Mutual. “We encourage local families to come out for the event.”
In side-by-side living room fires, spectators will experience how many extra minutes a home sprinkler system gives a family to evacuate a burning building. Additional burns will test the fire resistance of common agricultural building materials, show how an arson fire differs from non-accelerated fires, and simulate the spontaneous ignition of oily rags in a home woodworking or paint shop. The Grinnell Fire Department will be on hand to extinguish the fires.
The demonstration will be emceed by Grinnell Mutual’s Special Investigation Unit. Bleachers will be available for seating, but people are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets.
The burn cells are presented in conjunction with the 136th annual Iowa Firefighters Association Convention, September 3-7 in Grinnell.