Pleasant Elementary got schooled in fire safety Monday morning, to kick-off fire prevention awareness week. The second-graders first watched a quick video, showing them tips and tricks to remember what to do in the event of a fire.
Then Norwalk firefighter Ben Luxon shared some fire safety facts with the students, such as:
• Calling 9-1-1 for emergencies
• How to know if it’s safe to open a door during a (house) fire
• Finding a safe place to meet outside and away from the house during a fire
• Using your senses to notice if/when a fire will start;
Luxon then asked students “what do you do if your clothes are on fire?”
Luckily, Sparky the fire-fighting mascot (Dalmatian), came to the presentation and demonstrated — with a few students — just what to do: stop, drop, and roll.
Next, Lt. Jeff Phillips showed how much gear firefighters need to wear and the important job each item does to keep them protected from flames and smoke.
And to see how well everyone paid attention, the firefighters set up a relay race. Teams of students — and a round of two teachers — had to run to the correct piece of gear, put it on correctly and run back, in time to answer a question about fire safety.
Pleasant Elementary was the first school in the area to participate in presentations for fire prevention awareness week.