Thread: Child safety
08-10-2005, 11:38 AM #1
- Join Date
- Mar 2004
- Memphis Tn,USA-now
We are starting to get back to school and I was wondering what other departments do to teach children about fire safety.
I help out when my Chief does his'Stop,Drop and Roll' routine at schools and Churches and last week,we borrowed a neighboring department's safety trailer to show kids what a smoky house really looks like and how to low crawl to safety.
For me,it's fun to help out and it may just keep us from having to crawl around a house looking for kids and come up empty handed.Dunno how I'd deal with that.
08-10-2005, 12:27 PM #2
The smoke house is what they do in the county that I live in. It works well. Two of my children went through the drills every year in elementary school. It really makes them understand the importance of not hiding, what do to do to check the doors...making a plan with your mom and dad of what you'll do in case of a fire."When you throw dirt, you lose ground."
08-19-2005, 10:25 AM #3
- Join Date
- Dec 1998
- Maryland (but always a Long Islander first)
From the CPSC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2005
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7800
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Issues New Back-To-School Safety Tips
Urges Safety Checks for Bike Helmets, Playgrounds and Athletic Fields
WASHINGTON, D.C. - With this year's back to school season in full swing,
the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents,
teachers and school administrators to help prevent unnecessary injuries
this fall by conducting a series of safety checks to identify hidden
hazards in and around schools.
CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton says that taking a few, simple steps, such as
conducting safety checks on school playgrounds, athletic fields, and
inside the classroom can help prevent children from serious injuries
during the school year. Parents should also make sure that children
riding bicycles or scooters to and from school always wear a helmet and
other appropriate safety gear.
"Parents, teachers and school administrators each play a major role in
promoting back-to-school safety," he said. "Conducting school safety
checks for hidden hazards will go a long way towards keeping kids in the
classroom and out of the emergency room."
The CPSC is providing the following back-to-school safety tips to help
prevent injuries this fall:
GETTING TO SCHOOL SAFELY
56 percent of last year's nearly 535,000
bicycle-related injuries involved children.
About 800 people, including about 200 children, died in a recent year in
Make sure children ALWAYS wear a bicycle helmet when riding a bike or
scooter, and use other appropriate safety gear such as elbow pads and
Look for a label or sticker on the helmet indicating it meets the CPSC
standard. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to
Be aware of local laws pertaining to the use of scooters. Many cities
and communities have specific areas where scooters are permissible;
whereas other communities prohibit entirely the riding of pocket bikes
or motorized scooters.
SAFETY ON PLAYGROUNDS AND ATHLETIC FIELDS
Playgrounds: each year, more than 200,000 children are taken to hospital
emergency rooms due to playground-related injuries. Most injuries occur
when a child falls onto the playground surface.
Check with your child's school to make sure there is at least nine
inches of safe, shock absorbing surface material, consisting of wood
chips, mulch, sand, pea gravel, or mats made of safety-tested rubber or
Make sure there is no exposed hardware to catch clothing and no
free-hanging ropes attached to the equipment.
Soccer Goals: Movable soccer goals can fall over and kill or injure
children who climb on them or hang from the crossbar. Since 1979, CPSC
has reports of at least 28 deaths associated with soccer goals.
Make sure soccer goals are securely anchored when in use.
Never allow children to climb on the soccer net or goal framework.
When not in use anchor goals or chain them to a nearby fence post or
SAFETY WITHIN SCHOOLS
Art Supplies: CPSC has recalled a variety of art materials over the
years due to sharp tools; accessible lead in crayons, chalk and paint;
and other hazards.
For elementary school age children only buy art materials that do not
contain any hazard warnings and are labeled, "CONFORMS TO ASTM D-4236."
Parents should talk to school officials to make sure the school's
equipment complies with all federal, state and local standards and
In addition, CPSC urges parents and schools to check for recalled
children's products by visiting www.cpsc.gov or www.recalls.gov
To view this release online, please visit our website at:
https://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml05/05245.html"When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for my having been there."
-- Jim Henson (1936 - 1990)
08-20-2005, 12:49 PM #4
- Join Date
- Apr 2004
- Bossier Parrish, Louisiana
This is what we do:
NFPA Learn Not To Burn Program. We teach the first and last lesson, and the pre-school staff teaches the rest . Books cost about $10 each. We also bring a truck on the last lesson or they can come to the station.
Twice a year. Matches are Tools Not Toys (fall) and Firefighter Isn't a Monster (spring).
Twice a year. Home Fire Escape classroom programs. Trying to acquire a Firesafety Trailer through the grant program.
Twice a year. Hotel/Public Assembly Fire Escape.
Twice a year. Handling Kitchen Fires & Kitchen/Electrical Fire Prevention.
Twice a year. Basic First Aid (Bleeding, Burns, Snakebiites, stabilizing trauma victims)
Would be happy to e-mail you the lesson plans if you are interested. Just ding through through the e-mail addy on my profile.
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