From preschool to 5th grade, firefighters are visiting with students to make sure they learn what to do in case of a fire and how to prevent a fire. The Otsego Fire Department has been visiting students at Washington Street Elementary, Dix Street Elementary and Learn 'n Grow Early Childhood Education Center. The Alamo Township Fire Department spent a day at Alamo Elementary.
Depending on the age of the kids, firefighters talk about a lot of different topics related to fire safety and prevention such as:
- Having a family meeting place outside in case of a fire
- How to check a door to see if it's safe to exit
- What to do if they have to wait for a firefighter to get them
- When to call, and when not to call, 9-1-1
- Fire prevention habits like never playing with matches or lighters
They also get to tour the fire truck and check out their equipment. There are times when kids even get to spray the fire hose at a playhouse!
One thing firefighters always do with kids is have someone dress in all of their fire gear. They explain the gear, why it's important, how it's different than regular clothes and how it protects them from fire. They also put on all the gear so kids understand what firefighters would look like and sound like in case of a real fire so they're not scared. They high five the kids in full gear so they can see them up close. Firefighters also bring along their thermal imaging camera to show how they find people or pets through the darkness or smoke of a fire.
We want to thank our local fire departments for all they do to help our kids learn about fire safety and prevention.