New way of teaching Escape Planning
I have an idea about how to improve our teaching fire escape planning. According to the USFA only 23% of households actually practice escape plans. My partner and I were wondering why and wanted to do something about this.
We noticed that when we teach kids we often ask "what should you do during a house fire?" and we always get a few say "Stop Drop and Roll". As a whole the fire service has done a great job of teaching stop drop and roll, everyone knows it. What escape planning needed was a simple group of words that kids could remember easily. We came up with "Escape and Wait".
Little kids have a very hard time remembering the long list of things they should NOT do (don't hide, don't look for the dog, don't go back in, etc...) but can remember two things they should do "Escape and Wait". Instead of teaching this list of don't do's we teach them that their job is to "Escape and Wait" ONLY. Its our job to put out the fire, your parents job to call 911 and your job to "Escape and Wait".
When we would ask kids who had already come through our classes (at Safety City USA) where their meeting place was and even asked our own kids only to find that most did not remember. That is when we came up with the deceptively simple idea of making a sign.
What we have now is a reflective blue pentagon shapped sign, a song, and a website www.escapeandwait.com
I am wondering what the rest of the Fire community thinks of our idea.
Please visit our website and let me know if you have any ideas of how we can improve our system. If you use something different that you think works well please share it with us.
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I am glad you like the "Escape and Wait" idea. Its always nice to hear from someone as dedicated to Fire Education as we are. I would love to hear what your public relations/education committee thinks.
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