Every second counts


Fire Prevention Week reaches local students

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register



Students are pictured as they practice “Stop, Drop, and Roll” at New Haven Elementary School this week. The children are taught this technique in case their clothes catch on fire.


Firefighters from across the county have volunteered their time to go into schools during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14, to teach students this year’s message – “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.” Pictured is a firefighter in full gear as he walks through students at New Haven Elementary School to show what the equipment looks, and sounds, like.


NEW HAVEN — Students across Mason County have been visited at their schools this week by firefighters carrying the same message – “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.”

That is the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week, being observed Oct. 8 through 14.

The elementary school youngsters have toured fire trucks, observed firefighters in full gear, and practiced “Stop, Drop, and Roll.” But even more importantly, they have learned how to escape if fire strikes in their homes.

Making an escape plan is the first step in being prepared, students were taught. They were told to draw a map of each level of their house, showing two ways out of each room. Choose a place outside to meet, and mark the place on the escape plan. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily, and clear away all items that block doors and windows.

The second step the firefighters taught is how to put the plan to the test. The kids were shown what to do if there is smoke present. “Get low and go” is the catchy phrase used. They were urged to practice their escape drill with the entire family at least twice a year, both in daylight and in the dark.

Finally, students were told if a fire does occur, to get out and stay out. Go to the family meeting place, then call 911.

Some students in the area were also given free smoke detectors for their homes, while others received treat bags filled with information for both them and their parents.

Students are pictured as they practice “Stop, Drop, and Roll” at New Haven Elementary School this week. The children are taught this technique in case their clothes catch on fire.
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/10/web1_10.13-Fire-1.jpgStudents are pictured as they practice “Stop, Drop, and Roll” at New Haven Elementary School this week. The children are taught this technique in case their clothes catch on fire.

Firefighters from across the county have volunteered their time to go into schools during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14, to teach students this year’s message – “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.” Pictured is a firefighter in full gear as he walks through students at New Haven Elementary School to show what the equipment looks, and sounds, like.
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/10/web1_10.13-Fire.jpgFirefighters from across the county have volunteered their time to go into schools during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14, to teach students this year’s message – “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.” Pictured is a firefighter in full gear as he walks through students at New Haven Elementary School to show what the equipment looks, and sounds, like.
Fire Prevention Week reaches local students

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.

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