MIDDLEPORT — Having a plan in place can save a life.
That was one of the messages shared Friday morning at Meigs Elementary School as volunteer firefighters from Middelport, Pomeroy and Rutland visited with students.
While many of the students may have just been excited to see the fire trucks or hear the siren, the visit to the school as part of Fire Prevention Week was about more than just the trucks and sirens.
Firefighters gave students a tour of the trucks, explaining what each item was and what it was used for, as well as explaining what they should do in case of a fire and what can be done beforehand to prepare.
It is important to have an exit plan in place with a designated meeting area a safe distance from the residence, shared the firefighters. This ensures that everyone can be accounted for and it is known if someone remains in the house.
Should a child, or anyone else, be trapped inside during a fire, it is important to make sure the firefighters coming into the house know where the person is located. The firefighters instructed students that should they hear the firefighter coming they should make noise or call out to get the individual’s attention so that they can locate them. One firefighter donned the breathing apparatus so that the students could hear what it would sound like when worn inside a burning structure.
Firefighters also instructed students to not go back in the house for any items they may have left behind. Those items can be replaced, but people cannot.
Fire safety tips from the American Red Cross include:
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
- Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
- If a fire occurs in your home, get out, stay out and call for help. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.