• By Albert Depew

Learn Not To Burn

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Service With Pride, Commitment, and Compassion

learnnottoburn.jpgProtecting our children from the dangers of fire is not a one-time effort. It's an on-going lesson requiring reinforcement from home, school and community initiatives. All of us including business, need to get involved. The Learn Not To Burn® program was designed to educate the public, especially our children, on how to protect themselves from fire.

The Learn Not To Burn® program was created in 1979 by the National Fire Protection Association. The curriculum has been used successfully in more than 50,000 classrooms worldwide. The Learn Not To Burn® curriculum is a proven lifesaver. In places where it has already been adopted, the lessons remembered by youngsters saved hundreds of lives.

This program was originally conducted by the Fire Department in the local school district. It was taught in the fifth grade classes at each school. In recent years we have implemented a newer version of the program that is taught by the teachers in the Kindergarten through third grade classes within the school district. The fire safety information and curriculum is incorporated into the basic educational curriculum for the particular grade level.

The Learn Not To Burn® program teaches 22 fire and burn prevention behaviors to elementary school children, and 8 behaviors to pre-school children.  The following lists 8 FireSafety behaviors recommended by the National Fire Protection Association for teaching preschool children, and 22 behaviors for elementary school children.

8 Key FireSafety Behaviors for Preschool Children

  • Stay away from hot things that can hurt.
  • Tell a grown-up when you find Matches or Lighters.
  • Stop, Drop and Roll if your clothes catch fire.
  • Cool a burn.
  • Crawl low under the smoke.
  • Know the sound of the Smoke Detector.
  • Practice an Escape Plan - Know 2 ways out of every room.
  • Recognize the Fire Fighter as a helper.

Key FireSafety Behaviors for Elementary Children

  • Priority 1. Protection (When Fires Occur):
    • Responds correctly during fire and smoke drills at school.
    • Uses a home escape plan.
    • Identifies exit signs and knows two ways out in public places.
    • Performs the crawl-low-in-smoke procedure.
    • Reports fire and smoke immediately.
    • Performs the Stop, Drop and Roll procedure.
    • Initiates first aid practices for burns.
  • Priority 2. Prevention (Before Fires Occur):
    • Uses matches and lighters safely.
    • Practices kitchen safety.
    • Practices FireSafety around heating sources.
    • Practices FireSafety with flammable liquids.
    • Practices outdoor FireSafety.
    • Practices FireSafety with small electrical appliances.
    • Participates in home hazard inspections.
    • Practices Holiday FireSafety.
    • Follows FireSafety procedures when baby-sitting.
    • Practices scald and contact burn prevention.
  • Priority 3. Persuasion:
    • Encourages fire safe smoking habits
    • Installs and maintains smoke detectors
    • Practices outdoor electrical safety
    • Recognizes the fire department as a partner in community services
    • Recognizes the dangers of false alarms

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