Info on Houses



In 2005 the Iowa Firefighters Association and the Iowa Elks Association partnered together to promote fire safety across Iowa. What started out with four Fire Safety Houses has now grown to six located throughout all areas of the state with one more to be placed in the near future.

This network of Fire Safety Houses offers hands-on learning to prepare children for the unexpected and frightening experiences of a fire. These Fire Safety Houses are similar in appearance to an RV or motor home. Each one is a mobile, wheelchair-accessible fire safety education tool which can easily be towed to any location. They each contain the three rooms where fires start most frequently: the kitchen, the living room and the bedroom. Demonstrations are conducted by firefighters and trained volunteers. The entire unit can be filled with smoke, or the smoke can be isolated to fill only one room in the house. The smoke is a non-toxic, theatrical product that offers realistic conditions and a memorable demonstration. Some of the life-saving procedures taught are how to crawl under smoke, how to feel a door before opening it, how to use a fire escape ladder, what a smoke detector sounds like and how to call 911. Participating adults are reminded of the importance of developing a home fire escape plan, including alternate escape routes from each room of their home for their family’s safety.

To arrange a Fire Safety House visit to your local school or community event, contact the coordinator for each House to ask about availability.

Blank Children’s Hospital - Des Moines (515) 241-6703
Charles City Fire Department (641) 257-6313
Western Iowa -  Orange City FD (402) 672-6592
Fairfield/Packwood Fire Departments (319) 695-3601
Kanawha Fire Department (641) 425-3709
Indianola Fire Department (515) 961-9405
Shenandoah Fire Department (712) 246-2300


For more information regarding this statewide Fire Safety House program, or to find out about how your organization or fire department can join the partnership, call the Iowa Firefighters Association at (515) 332-1503.

Countless agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals give invaluable support to each Fire Safety House within the partnership. For their financial grants and donations, their numerous volunteer hours and their dedicated partnership, we gratefully say, “Thank you!” to each contributor.

Each Fire Safety House needs ongoing contributions to continue its fire safety education. Much of this financial support comes from the dedication of the Iowa Elks Association.

If you would like to help, you may give your tax-deductible contribution directly to the Fire Safety House of your choice or call the Iowa Elks Association treasurer at (641) 858-9021.


The Iowa Elks Association, organized in 1906, is composed of 35 lodges consisting of over 14,000 members. The Elks of Iowa, living and supporting the principals of charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity, have adopted the “Fire Safety Initiative” as their state Major Project. The Major Project mission is to promote fire safety across the state of Iowa and to protect and save the lives and property of Iowans. For more information about the Iowa Elks Association, log onto or call the public relations department at (641) 228-5133.