Here’s a way to teach fire safety and physical education.
Submitted for grades K-3 by Bob DeFichy, Patchogue, New York.
During Fire Safety Week, the second week in October, all our students participate in our Fire Safety Relay Races. This is followed by an assembly from the Local Fire Department at the end of the week.
Equipment: traffic cones, safety mats, 1/2 hula hoops, jump ropes, and hockey nets. Here are a few examples of the relay races we use:
1.) Stop, Drop and Roll Race: The first student in line runs to the mat, stops, drops, and rolls across the mat using a log roll. Then he gets up, and runs around a cone and back to the end of the line.
2.) Stay Low and Go: The first student runs to the mat, crawls under the smoke (1/2 hula hoop inside of two cones) and runs around a cone and back to the end of the line.
3.) Burning Building: The first student runs to the mat, crawls under the smoke (1/2 hula hoop inside of two cones), runs to the burning building (hockey goal), picks up the fire hose connected to the fire hydrant (rope with one end inside of a tall traffic cone), sprays the fire out, and runs back to the end of the line.
4.) Call the Fire Department: The first student runs to the phone (jump rope with one end inside a traffic cone), picks up the receiver, calls out loud the phone number of the local fire department (or ”911″) then runs back to the end of the line.
The following are things we discuss between each race:
Why do we Stop, Drop, and Roll?, Why do we stay low and crawl under smoke?, When should we check the batteries in our smoke detectors?, Planning an escape plan – Operation E.D.I.T.H. (Exit Drills in the Home), and using the back of your hand to feel the door before opening it. At the end of our Fire Safety Relay Races each of the students receives a”Junior Firefighter Club” certificate!