Up Close and Personal Fire Prevention Lessons for McCordsville Elementary Students
Students at McCordsville Elementary School (MES) received up close and personal lessons on fire prevention the week of October 19th. A four-man crew of McCordsville firemen visited each classroom and taught lessons on the importance of smoke alarms, and what to do if caught in a fire.
After today’s presentation, MES students are now better prepared should a fire occur in their home. They now know what a firefighter looks and sounds like. They now understand they might see a firefighter crawling in their home if there is a fire. A McCordsville fireman, dressed in full gear and sounding like Darth Vader, gave each student a high-five with the effort to teach students not to be afraid of (or hide from) firemen if they are ever in that situation.
Students learned life-saving techniques on the proper way to feel a door if they suspect a fire, and how to cover any door cracks with a blanket. They also learned that the best way to attract the fireman’s attention at the window is with their voice and by waving a blanket or towel.
Additional valuable lessons were learned about the dangers of cooking on the stove. Students learned there is a three-foot hot zone while cooking to stay away from, as well as the proper place for pot handles to be (and not to be).
Children also learned how to react if they encounter another child playing with matches or a lighter. Although many students answered they wanted to confront the other child, the firemen encouraged them to walk away from the child playing with matches and report the incident to an adult.
One of the most fun and interactive parts for the children was getting to sit in the back of the fire truck with their radios and fire gear. Squeals and giggles, followed by plenty of oohs and awes came from starstruck students as they witnessed the fire truck start, sound its horn, and spray water on the school grounds.
According to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) statistics, having a working smoke alarm cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half. Half of those home fires occur during the night time hours between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
NFPA’s Fire Prevention week fell during the first week of Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation’s fall intercession on October 4-10, so the hands-on fire prevention lessons were scheduled upon return, October 19-October 21.