Scott Morgan and Nansi Custer (Raleigh Fire Dept.) recently visited Mrs. Brooks Kindergarten Class at Mays Elementary School and shared fire safety and prevention tips. With information in hand they became certified in Fire Prevention and were presented badges. They were also afforded the opportunity to see how firefighting gear it put on and just how much it weighs. By the time Mr. Morgan had on all of his gear, an additional 80 to 100 pounds had been added. This was a great way to see a fire fighter in full gear up close and personal. The Raleigh Fire Department visit with Mrs. Brooks Kindergarten Class can be a good reminder for adults too.
First and foremost – don’t play with fire! That includes matches, candles and lighters. We are approaching the holiday season and need to be especially aware of candles burning in our homes and churches.
Secondly, be sure you have working Smoke Detectors in your home. The key word here is “working.” Pick at least two times during the year to make sure you have working Smoke Detectors. Select two days that will be easy to remember and write it on your calendar. News Year’s and the 4th of July would be great times to do this.
Third – and this is a BIGGY . . . it’s important to have a Fire Emergency Plan that you actually follow and practice. There needs to be a place where family members will meet after they have exited their home. No matter where you are in your home, be sure you have two ways out. Everyone needs to be aware of where the meeting place is by actually going there as part of your practice fire drill. Keep in mind that we all learn on different levels. What an older child hears and a younger child hears may be two very different things. Some of us are abstract thinkers and some concrete thinkers, so be sure to talk about your plan and physically carry out your plan.