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  • Child safety

    We are starting to get back to school and I was wondering what other departments do to teach children about fire safety.
    I help out when my Chief does his'Stop,Drop and Roll' routine at schools and Churches and last week,we borrowed a neighboring department's safety trailer to show kids what a smoky house really looks like and how to low crawl to safety.
    For me,it's fun to help out and it may just keep us from having to crawl around a house looking for kids and come up empty handed.Dunno how I'd deal with that.

  • #2
    The smoke house is what they do in the county that I live in. It works well. Two of my children went through the drills every year in elementary school. It really makes them understand the importance of not hiding, what do to do to check the doors...making a plan with your mom and dad of what you'll do in case of a fire.
    "When you throw dirt, you lose ground."



    • #3
      From the CPSC

      August 18, 2005
      Release #05-245
      CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7800
      CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

      CPSC Issues New Back-To-School Safety Tips
      Urges Safety Checks for Bike Helmets, Playgrounds and Athletic Fields

      WASHINGTON, D.C. - With this year's back to school season in full swing,
      the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents,
      teachers and school administrators to help prevent unnecessary injuries
      this fall by conducting a series of safety checks to identify hidden
      hazards in and around schools.

      CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton says that taking a few, simple steps, such as
      conducting safety checks on school playgrounds, athletic fields, and
      inside the classroom can help prevent children from serious injuries
      during the school year. Parents should also make sure that children
      riding bicycles or scooters to and from school always wear a helmet and
      other appropriate safety gear.

      "Parents, teachers and school administrators each play a major role in
      promoting back-to-school safety," he said. "Conducting school safety
      checks for hidden hazards will go a long way towards keeping kids in the
      classroom and out of the emergency room."

      The CPSC is providing the following back-to-school safety tips to help
      prevent injuries this fall:


      Bicycle Helmets:
      56 percent of last year's nearly 535,000
      bicycle-related injuries involved children.
      About 800 people, including about 200 children, died in a recent year in
      bicycle-related incidents.
      Make sure children ALWAYS wear a bicycle helmet when riding a bike or
      scooter, and use other appropriate safety gear such as elbow pads and
      knee pads.
      Look for a label or sticker on the helmet indicating it meets the CPSC
      standard. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to
      85 percent.
      Be aware of local laws pertaining to the use of scooters. Many cities
      and communities have specific areas where scooters are permissible;
      whereas other communities prohibit entirely the riding of pocket bikes
      or motorized scooters.


      Playgrounds: each year, more than 200,000 children are taken to hospital
      emergency rooms due to playground-related injuries. Most injuries occur
      when a child falls onto the playground surface.
      Check with your child's school to make sure there is at least nine
      inches of safe, shock absorbing surface material, consisting of wood
      chips, mulch, sand, pea gravel, or mats made of safety-tested rubber or
      fiber material.
      Make sure there is no exposed hardware to catch clothing and no
      free-hanging ropes attached to the equipment.
      Soccer Goals: Movable soccer goals can fall over and kill or injure
      children who climb on them or hang from the crossbar. Since 1979, CPSC
      has reports of at least 28 deaths associated with soccer goals.
      Make sure soccer goals are securely anchored when in use.
      Never allow children to climb on the soccer net or goal framework.
      When not in use anchor goals or chain them to a nearby fence post or
      sturdy framework.


      Art Supplies: CPSC has recalled a variety of art materials over the
      years due to sharp tools; accessible lead in crayons, chalk and paint;
      and other hazards.
      For elementary school age children only buy art materials that do not
      contain any hazard warnings and are labeled, "CONFORMS TO ASTM D-4236."

      Parents should talk to school officials to make sure the school's
      equipment complies with all federal, state and local standards and

      In addition, CPSC urges parents and schools to check for recalled
      children's products by visiting www.cpsc.gov or www.recalls.gov

      To view this release online, please visit our website at:
      "When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for my having been there."
      -- Jim Henson (1936 - 1990)


      • #4
        This is what we do:

        NFPA Learn Not To Burn Program. We teach the first and last lesson, and the pre-school staff teaches the rest . Books cost about $10 each. We also bring a truck on the last lesson or they can come to the station.

        Twice a year. Matches are Tools Not Toys (fall) and Firefighter Isn't a Monster (spring).

        1st/2nd Grades:
        Twice a year. Home Fire Escape classroom programs. Trying to acquire a Firesafety Trailer through the grant program.

        3rd Grade:
        Twice a year. Hotel/Public Assembly Fire Escape.

        4th Grade:
        Twice a year. Handling Kitchen Fires & Kitchen/Electrical Fire Prevention.

        5th Grade:
        Twice a year. Basic First Aid (Bleeding, Burns, Snakebiites, stabilizing trauma victims)

        Would be happy to e-mail you the lesson plans if you are interested. Just ding through through the e-mail addy on my profile.
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