Students at Edon Elementary School recently learned about fire safety during a special visit from members of Florence Township Fire Department and Northwest Fire and Rescue planned as part of 2013 National Fire Prevention Week activities.
Focusing on this year’s theme Prevent Kitchen Fires, firefighters noted two of five home fires begin in the kitchen (more than any other place in the home!) and listed cooking as the leading cause. With the majority of fires resulting from unattended cooking, students were taught the dangers of a kitchen fire, what to do in case one happened and how to prevent a fire from starting in the first place. Firefighters also stressed key reasons behind creating a family fire-escape plan as well as demonstrating the importance of smoke detectors, changing detector batteries twice a year and knowing what to do when an alarm sounds in their home.
Everyone enjoyed this annual visit and having the opportunity to talk with firefighters about fire trucks, fighting fires and fire safety. Before leaving, children were reminded firefighters are their friends and to not be afraid of the suits, masks and other gear they wear while working; not to open hot doors or hide from firefighters looking for them in a home fire and most importantly: stay low and go!