Clark Preschoolers Learn about Fire Safety

Clark Fire Chief Frank Cerasa addresses students as firefighter demonstrates. Credits: Courtesy of Clark BOE
Children got to try a firehose. Credits: Courtesy of Clark BOE
Credits: Courtesy of Clark BOE

CLARK, NJ - October is Fire Prevention Month, and Clark Preschoolers have been busy learning important lessons about fire safety and prevention. According to school officials, the 2017 theme is, ‘Every second counts; plan two ways out!’

The preschoolers learned what people can do to be safe at home, school and work.   Caleb Bain, physical education teacher also practiced fire and evacuation drills. He taught the students the stop, drop and roll technique.

The Clark Fire Department visited the school as part of the activites. They demonstrated some of the equipemtn they use on fire trucks.  

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They also showed Sparky the Fire Dog, a video which teaches children important fire safety concepts.  The students then learned to use their senses by:

  • Listening for the sound of a fire alarm
  • Touching a door to see if it is hot before opening
  • Looking for the safest way out
  • Smelling for smoke

The Fire Department also distributed junior fire hats, coloring books, crayons, tot finder labels, and fire safety information for the parents.

Fire Prevention Month is sponsored by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA). According to their website, the NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922, when the practice started. It was established to commemorate the 1871 Great Chicago Fire. 

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