Taking safety message to schools

first_imgPASADENA – Fire Department Public Education Officer Robert Sepulveda stood in front of a crowd of children at Hamilton Elementary School on Wednesday morning, knowing before he left he would have to reinforce in them the concepts of fire safety. His presence at the school was just one of many demonstrations taking place across the nation this week as fire departments promote national Fire Prevention Week – a yearly dedication to fire safety awareness. “It’s a refresher for them on things you don’t practice all the time,” Sepulveda said. “This year we are focusing on practicing their fire escape plan.” For the week, the National Fire Protection Association is emphasizing that families not only have a fire-escape plan, but have gone over it well enough to remember it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“We come up with a common theme each year, and this year it’s to practice your escape plan,” said Pasadena fire Marshal Mark Fasick. “Anywhere you might be, you always want to look and be prepared and get yourself clear of harm’s way.” And firefighters reinforced that idea with Wednesday’s presentation. The program began with a practice of the school’s own fire-escape plan, in which all students responded to a fire drill and made their way onto the playground. There, Sepulveda was waiting with an entourage of three emergency vehicles. During his presentation, Sepulveda encouraged the students to go over their home fire-escape plans with their families so that they are prepared. In the event that they have to evacuate their homes in a fire, he warned them never to hide from the fire in a closet or underneath the bed, and to have a designated place where the family will meet up. “It’s very important that we do not go back into a house once we have gotten out,” he said. Students also saw a firefighter raised high into the air with a crane perched atop an engine, and watched another firefighter dress up in full gear with an oxygen mask. Sepulveda reminded students not to be afraid of firefighters if they ever see them dressed up like that. Hamilton was just one of many local schools that the department will visit this week, officials said. “It’s very important that the children know what to do in case of an emergency, and this is also an opportunity for the Fire Department to see and evaluate our procedures for evacuation here,” Hamilton Principal Sarah Rudchenko said. robert.hong@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img