I do cooking lessons with my students that involves the use of a stove and oven. The goal is for my students to learn simple recipes that they will be able to do independently at home. I wanted to make sure they would know what to do if something caught on fire while they are in the kitchen so I e-mailed the local Fire Department. We were able to set up a lesson on how to use a fire extinguisher. The fire inspector was able to come to my school and my students were able to practice on a fire extinguisher that sprayed out water. The fire inspector taught us an important word to remember,PASS.
P- Pull -Pull out the pin
A- Aim -Am at the base of the fire
S- Squeeze -Squeeze the handle
S- Sweep from side to side
My students had a blast learning when and how to use a fire extinguisher. (I had a lot of fun too)
Contact your local fire department for any questions concerning fire safety.
One thing I realized after these fire safety lessons with my students is that we don’t have a plan at my home if our house catches on fire. If you are like me and don’t have a plan either make sure you sit down with your family and come up with a plan of action. The American Red Cross has some tips for fire safety:
- 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.
We will be coming up with our plan ASAP!