The California Science Center in Exposition Park will open an exhibit this month dedicated to fire, exploring dangers that can ignite blazes in homes, the steps that can be taken to prevent them and the science behind the ever-present threat of wildfires in the state.
“Fire! Science & Safety” is set to open Oct. 29 in partnership with the Children’s Burn Foundation, using a typical Los Angeles apartment building as the setting for training children and others about how to spot potential fire dangers and how to correct them.
“`Fire! Science & Safety’ is a fresh approach to understanding the science of fire,” California Science Center President/CEO Jeffrey N. Rudolph said in a statement. “Guests, especially children, can safely experience real-life fire hazards and learn preventive measures that can potentially save lives.”
According to the center, the exhibit puts visitors in the fictitious “Casa Del Fuego Apartments,” unit 911, which is described as an “immersive environment” with various activities providing lessons about the science of fire, how to identify fire hazards and behaviors to help prevent fires.
There are also lessons about how to use a fire extinguisher and how to know which household appliances might cause a circuit to blow.
In one room of the exhibit, visitors will be challenged to assess the risk of a fire ignited by a dryer malfunction, asking them to determine if they should fight the blaze, how to fight it, or if they are better off trying to escape the home.
The exhibit will also include a section on wildfires, explaining whey they are so prevalent in California and what can be done to reduce the threat.
“We have found the perfect partner in the California Science Center to expand our Prevention and Education Programs,” said Sharon Townsend, executive director at Children’s Burn Foundation. “This world-class science center will utilize experiential activities, using cutting-edge technology and multimedia displays with the potential to reach millions of children and families. This life-saving exhibit will help change the footprint of prevention education in the greater Los Angeles area with potential for growth into other markets.”