TLC students get tips from the pros during Fire Prevention Week

a firefighter speaks to students during a fire safety demonstrationStudents in The Learning Community got tips from the professionals during Fire Prevention Week during a morning assembly. Firefighters from the Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Company took time out of their day to come and talk to students about the importance of fire safety, and help students stay safe in the event of a fire.

Students went over the basics with firefighters, including calling 911 in an emergency – but only in an emergency – and how to stop, drop, and roll when you clothes are on fire. Firefighters also went over other basics like not playing with lighters and what a fire alarm sounds like. Then students got to participate in a scenario on how to stay safe if they could not escape their bedroom because of a fire. Firefighters showed students how to check to see if there was a fire on the other side of a door, stuff a blanket under the door, staying low, and not hiding from firefighters when they come to rescue them.

“This sort of assembly educates kids at a young age,” said Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Chief Scott Hall. “It helps kids see who we are and to not be afraid of us.” Chief Hall says kids do remember the information they learn at these assemblies through the years, highlighting their importance. The chief says the most important thing to remember is that though this may be Fire Prevention Week, every day is a fire prevention day.

After the assembly, students got to go outside and check out fire trucks and equipment that the fire company brought.