Elementary students learn about fire safety during Fire Prevention Week

a student operates a hose while other students look on

Middleburgh elementary students got a first-hand look at firefighting equipment and safety during National Fire Prevention Week demonstrations at the school Friday. Students were taken into a “Safety House” to learn how to escape a fire, got to see fire trucks, and even use a hose to knock down a simulated fire!

students pose in a fire truck for a pictureFirefighters also spoke to each grade level about the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

Firefighters from the Middleburgh Fire Department, Tri-Village Volunteer Fire Company, Town of Broome Fire Department, and Huntersland Fire Department all took part in the demonstrations Friday, and the Schoharie Fire Department provided the safety house.

While speaking to students, firefighters stressed the importance of having an emergency plan for their families. These emergency plans can include knowing two ways out of the home in case of a fire, having a gathering spot outside the home, and testing doors for heat before opening them. Firefighters also talked to students about not hiding under a bed or in a closet if there is a fire, and to stand by a window and shout for help if they cannot get out. Firefighters also demonstrated how to stay safe around stoves, candles, and other household items.

Students were asked to talk about emergency plans with adults in their homes, and help check the expiration dates on smoke detectors throughout their homes.

Special thanks to the Middleburgh Fire Department, Tri-Village Volunteer Fire Company, Town of Broome Fire Department, Huntersland Fire Department, and Schoharie Fire Department for coming out and speaking to our students to help keep them safe!

firefighting equipment sits on a table as a firefighter speaks with students