Simulated smoke, heated doors and a renovated interior will help Chicago-area students and seniors learn about and prevent fires at the Chicago Fire Department’s overhauled “Survive Alive House” on the Near West Side.
The Survive Alive House, located in the department’s public education center at 1010 S. Clinton Ave., is a staged home where fire conditions are simulated and department employees teach people how to respond in an emergency. Complete with a living room, kitchen and bedrooms, the house is meant to be as realistic as possible.
Donations from State Farm, Home Depot, Denova Detect and Roy’s Furniture provided the house’s first renovation since it was launched in 1989. The updates give participants a more realistic experience, Chief Walter Schroeder said.
Students from Doolittle Elementary School in Bridgeport hang out the window of the Survive Alive House while learning about fire safety on Tuesday.
“I was scared, but I did it,” another chirped.