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St. Mary's pre-k learns fire safety

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Firefighters demonstrated what a firefighter's bunker gear looks like to St. Mary's Catholic pre-school students during the class study on Fire Prevention Week. Pictured above, from left, are: Brian Jones and Travis Gall. "He may look funny, but he's not scary," Jones said. "This is what firemen will look like if we have to go into a house on fire to look for people." [Times Photo by Melonie Roberts] [Order this photo]
Pre-school students at St. Mary's Catholic School learned some valuable lessons about fire safety as a preview to Fire Prevention Week, which is Oct. 7 through Oct. 13.

Firefighters from Pierce City Rural Fire Department presented information on fire alarms, how to escape a burning house and having a family emergency plan in place. Students also had the opportunity to see the fire truck and equipment and bunker gear.

Firefighter Brian Jones told students that every home should have a fire alarm and batteries should be changed at least twice a year.

St. Mary's Catholic pre-school students, taught by Lanetta Gripka, learned about Fire Prevention Week, which is Oct. 7 through Oct. 13. Students were able to inspect the Pierce City Rural Fire Department truck and equipment.[Times Photo by Melonie Roberts]
"When you hear your parents talking about the time changing is when they should also replace the fire alarm batteries," Jones said.

Jones also told children when the fire alarm goes off, to crawl to the nearest door, touch it with the back of their hand to see if it was hot, and to quickly exit a burning home.

"Your family needs to have a safe place to meet so they can see everyone is out of the house," Jones said. "It can be a swing set or a mailbox or a tree.

"If you can't get out of the house, don't try to hide in a closet or under the bed," he continued "Stay in the middle of your room and when you hear firemen coming, yell really loud to help us find you."

Jones also reviewed the "stop, drop and roll" method of extinguishing a clothing fire.

Travis Gall wore bunker gear during the presentation so youngsters would recognize a firefighter and not be frightened.

"He looks a little funny, but he's not scary," Jones explained. "If you are ever trapped in a house, this is what we will look at when we come to find you. Don't hide in a closet or under your bed."

Jones encouraged students to practice fire drills in their homes with their families and to make sure everyone knew of at least two ways out of the home.

Rural firefighters David Jones and Buffy Badley assisted in the presentation.

For more information about fire safety, visit http://dc.about.com/od/publicsafety/a/Fi....

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