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School Safety Lessons

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The Rapid City Fire Department teaches age-appropriate safety lessons in each elementary class. Below are disucssion ideas and videos to enhance our lessons. Learn more about fire safety here.

Preschool

We learned:

  • Some things are hot, some things are sometimes hot, and some things are cold. 
  • Ask an adult before touching things that are sometimes hot, like bath water or food.
  • Tell an adult if you find something that is hot and dangerous, like a lighter or matches.
  • Adults should keep fire tools out of reach and out of sight, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock. 

For more, check out videos about things that are hot, cold, and sometimes hot as well as story apps and games at http://sparkyschoolhouse.org/#music-section

Parent Letter

 

Kindergarten

We learned:

  • Different alarms make different sounds but most home smoke alarm go beep, beep, beep, pause, beep, beep, beep, pause. What sound does your smoke alarm make?
  • When the alarm sounds: 1) Get up and walk, don't run, but you should walk briskly, 2) remember to know two ways out of every room, 3) get yourself outside quickly, and 4) go to your Outside Meeting Place with your family.
  • A good Outside Meeting Place is one place that everyone can find in an emergency. It is best in front of your house, a little away from the house but doesn't need to be further than the sidewalk. A mailbox, tree, sidewalk, driveway, or sign can all be good meeting places.

We watched:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OVHhkqpZf8

Parent Letter

For more, check out videos, story apps, and games at: http://sparkyschoolhouse.org/#music-section and a fire escape social story at http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/safety-in-the-home/escape-planning/i-know-my-fire-safety-plan-story

 

First Grade

We learned:

  • Seatbelts should fit across our shoulder, chest, and hips the entire ride. Our knees should bend over the end of the seat.
  • We can use a booster seat to make the seatbelt fit right. We need a booster seat until we are 4' 9" or the belt fits right the entire ride.
  • We need to be alert when we are walking in a parking lot, sidewalk, or on the side of the road.

We watched:  "Walk This Way": Pedestrian Safety for Young Children at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t2oX6zQEyU 

For more, check out: Safe Kids USA Ultimate Car Seat Guide at https://www.safekids.org/ultimate-car-seat-guide/ 

 

Second Grade

We learned:

  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, skateboard, scooter, roller blades or on similar wheels. 
  • Ride with an adult or older sibling when possible and ride on the side of the street.
  • Check for cars and people before crossing an intersection, alley, driveway, or road. 

We watched https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkoVxBnnGko

For more, check out: Johns Hopkins video comparing helmet to phone cases https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8qp8KZbqrM and Safe Kids USA bicycle safety at https://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_risks/bike?gclid=Cj0KCQjwl9zdBRDgARIsAL5Nyn2kDHIS9RYpmXlJxgsV1jkCvACQApthBxTfWROMAkD70A-fIHcpq5EaAhqaEALw_wcB

 

Third Grade

We learned:

  • Fire is very fast. It is deadly in only two minutes and the entire room can be on fire in three to four minutes. It can take three minutes for fire fighters to leave the fire station from the time the 9-1-1 call begins.
  • When the alarm sounds, get up and get outside right away, and wait at our Outside Meeting Place. If you cannot get out immediately, wait in a room with the door shut. Use a window to escape if it is safe. If you decide to wait in a room, keep the door closed at all times. 
  • A good Outside Meeting Place is one place that everyone can find in an emergency. It is best in front of your house, a little away from the house but doesn't need to be further than the sidewalk. A mailbox, tree, sidewalk, driveway, or sign can all be good meeting places.
  • Fire sprinklers, interconnected smoke alarms, and a plan to escape can help when there is a fire.

We watched:House fire story on KDKA at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-cQKlT1SlI (we skip the introduction) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RumCPC4rSw

Parent Letter

For more, check out: NFPA escape planning at http://www.nfpa.org/escapeplan

 

Fourth Grade & Fifth Grade (2018)

We learned:

  • Wildland fire can be very fast.
  • Youth age ten and older can be held legally responsible for starting a fire, even if they didn't mean to damage property or endanger lives.
  • Youth can prevent the majority of grass fires in Rapid City by helping friends to not start grass fires. 

We watched: *Turn OFF sound* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7nprYdLM9E

Parent Letter

For more, check out: NFPA Wildfire videos for Middlle School at http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/takeaction/wildfire-virtual-field-trips

 

Fifth Grade (2019)

We learned:

  • Fire sprinklers protect us from fire and give us more time to escape.
  • Alarms make different sounds to warn us of a fire, a carbon monoxide leak, low battery power, and when the alarm needs to be replaced.
  • How fire sprinklers and smoke alarms work and how to keep them working.

We watched: Fire sprinklers and speed of fire at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNfQFL96H9c, Fire sprinkler animation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMNv7EOcFg4

Parent Letter

For more, check out: Chicago Fire of 1871 at http://sparkyschoolhouse.org/#music-section, NFPA on home smoke alarms at http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/smoke-alarms/safety-messages-about-smoke-alarms, and Home Fire Sprinklers at http://homefiresprinkler.org/.

Sprinkler Smarts games and videos http://www.sprinklersmarts.org/grade_6-8/

People with Special Needs

We learned:

  • Fire is fast. When the alarm sounds, get up and get outside right away, and wait at our Outside Meeting Place. If you cannot get out immediately, wait in a room with the door closed. Use a window to escape if it is safe.
  • A good Outside Meeting Place is one place that everyone can find in an emergency and wait for help.
  • Fire sprinklers protect us from fire and give us more time to escape. They are important to protect people who cannot quickly escape alone.
  • Different alarms make different sounds to warn us of a fire; some even talk. If the sound of an alarm will not warn of us a fire, there are alarms with flahing lights when we are awake and alarms that vibrate the bed when we are alseep.
  • If there is fire in a pan on the stove, slide a lid or cookie sheet over the top and turn off the heat.
  • A fire extinguisher can put out small fires. Pull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the handle, and Sweep from side to side (PASS).

We watched: Fire sprinklers and speed of fire at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNfQFL96H9c and a cooking fire story on WMAR at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0RgdYkc_Po

For more, check out: NFPA fire safety for people with disabilities: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/people-at-risk/people-with-disabilities

 

College and Other Adults

We learned:

  • Fire is fast. When the alarm sounds, get up and get outside right away, and wait at our Outside Meeting Place. If you cannot get out immediately, wait in a room with the door closed. Use a window to escape if it is safe.
  • A good Outside Meeting Place is one place that everyone can find in an emergency and wait for help.
  • Fire sprinklers protect us from fire and give us more time to escape. They are important to protect people who cannot quickly escape alone.
  • Different alarms make different sounds to warn us of a fire; some even talk. If the sound of an alarm will not warn of us a fire, there are alarms with flahing lights when we are awake and alarms that vibrate the bed when we are alseep.
  • If there is fire in a pan on the stove, slide a lid or cookie sheet over the top and turn off the heat.
  • A fire extinguisher can put out small fires. Pull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the handle, and Sweep from side to side (PASS).

We watched: Speed of fire and sprinklers at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNfQFL96H9c, Fire sprinkler animation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMNv7EOcFg4, Fire Extinguishers on ABC News at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw4uIiXUCY4, Cooking fire story on WMAR at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0RgdYkc_Po

For more, check out: NFPA safety information http://www.nfpa.org/public-education and select topic of interest.

 

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Monica Colby

Monica Colby is our Fire and Life Safety Specialist, working in the Fire and Life Safety Division of the Rapid City Fire Department.

[email protected]  605-394-5233 x6108

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