A child tries out a fire extinguisher at the Civil Defence tent at Souq Waqif.
DOHA: A tent set up at the Souq Waqif in the model of a “safe home” is attracting large number of visitors.
The tent, opened yesterday, was part of a series of awareness programmes being organised by the Civil Defence Department in the run up to the fourth Civil Defence Conference and Exhibition to be held in Doha on November 11.
Director General of Civil Defence Staff Brigadier Abdullah Muhammed Al Suwaidi inaugurated the tent that covers 300 square metres of area.
Built as a model safe home, it includes many rooms and a well equipped kitchen which can be a source of fire if not used properly.
The activities include an interesting contest for the visitors. A group of people will enter the house and they will be asked to find out the safety errors in the house. Those who accurately identify the mistakes will win prizes.
A fire in the house is simulated and the Civil Defence team teach the children how to fight the blaze. Children are also trained on the use of different types of fire extinguishers.
The tent also offers a variety of fun games for children, which also convey messages on safety. In one of the games, the participants dressed as two Civil Defence personnel — Aman and Salama —search for a doll inside the house to save it from fire in a given time. This game is intended to train people on evacuation. Henna and face drawing are also offered for children.
A pavilion has been set up for awareness lectures covering a number of issues related to safety and first aid. Civil Defence vehicles remain parked in a neighbouring ground where awareness films and messages are being shown on giant screens.