2018-09-14 / Education

“Make a Plan” for October’s Fire Prevention Month

Contributed by Harmony School


The elementary class at Harmony School visit with firefighters Sekou Sanders and Courtney Clowney. The elementary class at Harmony School visit with firefighters Sekou Sanders and Courtney Clowney. The elementary class at Harmony School had a visit from two firefighter friends. Engineer Sekou Sanders and his partner Firefighter Courtney Clowney, both from Station 1 downtown, came to speak with the kids. Their visit coincides with an assignment that all the children in the class know their emergency contact information.

Officer Sanders gave compelling reasons and examples for why each child should know two phone numbers, their full address including zip code, and how to spell their parents’ full names. One added issue can be they have to know this information so well they can say it even when they are scared—for instance if they are lost at the fair or in a large store. Sanders recommended homes have

• A fire extinguisher near the kitchen

• Up-to-date smoke alarms

• A plan of where to meet should there be a quick exit from the house in the event of a fire

• A lesson in the emergency use of a phone

• All emergency contact info on an index card that can be memorized and referred to often.

The kids asked questions, such as what it takes to be a firefighter and when Sanders and Clowney became interested in fighting fires. They also wanted to hear stories about their jobs, including “First Responder” examples.

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