There has been a lot of fun in the classroom lately in cooperative play as firefighters. Last week the Tuesday-Thursday class got a chance to learn fire safety from a local firefighter, Firefighter Maggie.
Key fire safety tips:
- Know your exits. Wherever you are, make sure you know at least two ways (doors or windows) to get out of the room.
- Call 9-1-1. If you see a fire or have any other emergency, call 9-1-1 for help.
- Learn your address. If you ever need to call 9-1-1, your address is how you tell them where to find you. Tell your parents that you want to learn your address today.
- Stay low and go. If you see black smoke, get low to the ground, and get out of the building.
Maggie put on her “oven mitt jacket” and big pants and hat, and with her hands in front of her face showed us how a firefighter might look pretty scary if you are stuck in a building and they come to rescue you: a big figure in a scary mask, yelling your name in a deep voice could be a frightening sight! But inside the suit, it is just a firefighter, and they are there to help you. So tell them where you are.
We learned that firefighters do more than just put out fires: they also help in medical emergencies, and when you just don’t know who else to call (like if someone gets locked inside a car).
Maggie also showed us her wood axe for breaking down doors when necessary (and reviewed the difference between a tool and a toy) and everybody got honorary firefighter badges.