Museum sponsors ember awareness |

Museum sponsors ember awareness

Staff Reports

An Ember House safety demonstration is 2 p.m. Saturday as part of the museum's free family day event.

The Douglas County Historical Society in cooperation with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will present Ember House, a youth activity promoting wildfire ember awareness.

Try the Ember House, built by the UNR Cooperative Extension, is a scaled‐down house front with spots vulnerable to embers, such as rain gutters with pine needles, wood shake roof, open windows, unscreened vents, juniper bush and open garbage cans. Children are given bright orange Ping-Pong balls representing embers which they toss at the house trying to land them into the spots susceptible to fire.

"Though designed for kids, hopefully, the parents are asking 'why is my child throwing ember balls at this house,'" Dennis Little, DCHS Trustee, said. "Given the rapidly approaching damage of fire season, the museum thought this to be an excellent program to host in conjunction with Family Day."

The Ember House program begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville. The museum is offering free admission throughout the day.

For more information, call 782-2555.

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