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PreK learns fire safety from Jarvis students and Mohawk PD

Central Valley’s prekindergarten classes had a fun lesson in fire safety from ten Jarvis middle school volunteers and the Mohawk Fire Department at the fire station.

Jarvis seventh graders Isabella Chandler, Amadia Howard, Jenna Lyman, and Chloe Plows and eighth grader Shannon Brien, Madelyn Engel, Lauren Grabski, Lily Hall and Kaytlyn Martin assisted Fire Prevention Officer Barb Bellestedt, 1st Lieutenant Robert LaLonde, and 1st Lieutenant Mark Waltsleading the littlest Thunder through a variety of exercises designed to reinforce lesson teacher had introduced in class.

Youngsters practiced:

  • “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.

The morning also featured the chance to climb into a firetruck, a visit from the fire department’s mascot Sparky, and souvenir fire plastic fire helmets.