Members of the Mohawk Fire Department visited Harry M. Fisher Elementary School on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Fire Prevention Officer Barb Bellestedt, 1st Lieutenant Carm Tubia, and 1st Lieutenant Mark Walts visited in recognition of National Fire Safety Week.
Ms. Bellestedt reinforced key fire safety messages:
- “Stay Low and Go” when a building is on fire. (Smoke rises so the lower you can stay means you have a better chance to see and not breath the smoke.)
- “Stop, Drop, Cover, and Roll” if your clothes are on fire. Stopping prevents rushing air from fanning the flames; covering your face with your hand protects your face from the fire; dropping and rolling helps put out the fire.
- “I Spy Something Hot” and “It’s Okay, Let Them Play” reminds children to think carefully whether something is safe to touch or play with. Fire, matches, candles, and stoves are dangerous.
- “Practice Exit Drills” and “Go to a Meeting Place” are important ways to prepare. Like school, home fire drills teach us what to do in case of fire. They also remind children where to go, so adults know they are safe.
She also reminded children that Halloween is fun, but can be dangerous. She reminded them to use reflective clothing and goodie bags, to carry flashlights or glow-sticks when trick-or-treating, and to be careful with candles in pumpkins.
Mr. Tubia and Mr. Walts demonstrated the equipment firemen wear when they fight fires. Special boots, pants, coats, hoods, and helmets protect them from the heat and flames. They even wear face masks and special air tanks that allow them to work in areas where the smoke would prevent them from being able to breath. Although Mr. Walts was completely covered from head-to-toe, everyone agreed he didn’t look scary. He was a fireman, someone who helped keep people safe.