!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019affd50c78970c-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019affd50c78970c-320wi|alt=Fire Drill Photo|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Fire Drill Photo|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef019affd50c78970c!On Sunday morning I settled into my favorite pew at church and waited for the praise and worship singers to fill the sanctuary with their brand of rousing contemporary gospel music. But before the pianist could strike the first note, another sound filled the building that was just as melodious in its own way. Our safety committee had activated the fire alarm. Myrtle Baptist Church in Newton, Massachusetts, kicked off Fire Prevention Weekwith a fire drill, reminding its members that a fire could happen at any time, anywhere, including a place of worship.
The congregation filed out in orderly fashion, led to the designated meeting places by the deacons and ministerial staff. We waited patiently in a light drizzle as the Newton Fire Department conferred with church leadership before giving us the signal permitting us back in the building. It was a great way to start a Sunday morning.
- by NFPA's Lisa Braxton</p>