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.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.