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Tackling A Burning Issue

by Michael Ford last modified 18 Nov, 2016 10:03 AM

Following a small fire, pupils at Wilton and Barford Primary School have recently been learning about fire safety. Headteacher Jan Nock explains.

Tackling A Burning Issue

Fire Officer John explains

On Thursday 3rd November, a fire officer came in to school to talk to every class.

The children learned, through large posters, what dangers could be found in the kitchen, bedroom or sitting room if enough care was not taken to avoid fire hazards such as leaving hair straighteners on the bed.

Did you know that, even when these are turned off at the socket, leaving them on a surface such as a bed could cause smouldering, and therefore a fire?

Throughout the day, John – our friendly fire officer – taught the children what to do if a fire should begin in the home. He told them a story and summed it up in three phrases: Get Out; Stay Out; Phone 999.

Children also competed in teams to try and beat their opponents at putting on uniforms quickly. Dressing up was good fun for all, but there was a serious message too: firefighters need to dress very fast to get to the scene of a fire within 10-15 minutes of receiving a call.

Penultimately, the children learned what to do if their clothes were on fire. Everyone had a turn at ‘stop, drop and roll’.

The finale of the day came in the form of an assembly during which the children learned about firework safety through Ben, an informative cartoon character.

Although the messages were serious, a fun day was had by all. The children left school with plenty of advice for their parents and even the teachers benefitted from the advice given!

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