Representatives from the Firefighter Phil Program are urging Indian Lake Elementary students to look around their homes for potential fire hazards.
“Magic” Tom Rozoff and his puppet friends from Firefighter Phil recently talked with students in grades kindergarten through fourth at Indian Lake Elementary School about many fire safety strategies.
The theme of this year’s program is “Look. Listen. Learn. Fire can happen anywhere!”
“Magic Tom” uses knock-knock jokes and ventriloquism to tackle serious fire safety topics.
He said, “Try to get your family to go through the house and look for things that are unsafe or hazards. Then do your best to correct them.”
He listed unused paint cans, piles of newspapers and gas cans with loose lids as hazards and possible fuel for a fire.
Firefighters from the Huntsville, Lakeview and Indian Joint Fire Departments joined students in
a quiz about basic fire safety.
“Magic” Tom told students in case of a fire:
1) Stay calm
2) Stay low and go- crawl on the floor where the air is easier to breathe
3) Feel the door-use the back of your hand to determine if fire is on the other side
4) Get out and stay out- DO NOT re-enter a burning building
5) Call 911 from outside or from a neighbor’s house
“Magic Tom” also reminded students to create and practice a fire plan and choose a meeting place for their family in case of a fire at home.
Lakeview Firefighters Amy and Brandon Stevens also put on all their gear to demonstrate how they would look when responding to a fire.
Amy Stevens told students, “We might look scary, but we’re here to help!”
Local fire departments and merchants sponsor the annual visit. Each student got a Fire Fighter Phil book to take home, filled with activities and fire prevention tips.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.