Every day you send your child out the door we understand that you are entrusting us with the most important person in your life. When your child is here at school their safety is of the utmost importance to us, so we secure our building, ensure they are with caring adults, and practice for emergency situations.
During this month we are celebrating Fire Prevention Week. [Fire Prevention Week begins on October 9th and ends on October 15th].
All of our students will be completing a Home Safety Plan. We will continue to work collaboratively with local agencies to make sure we implement best practice procedures and we take time to teach these to our students. We encourage you to spend time at home to develop a plan and talk to your child about what to do in the case of an emergency.
Don’t Wait… Check the Date!
As part of fire prevention week, your child has been learning about smoke alarms. Having smoke alarms in your home is very important. Smoke alarms let you know there is a fire. Working smoke alarms also give you time to get outside and stay outside if there is a fire. Smoke alarms don’t last forever. Every 10 years you need new ones. When they are 10 years old, they don’t sense smoke as well. With your child, look at the date on the back of all the smoke alarms in your home. This is also a good time to push the test button on all smoke alarms, and make sure they are working.
E.D.I.T.H. [Exit Drills in the Home]
Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm.
We are also providing a hard copy of the planning grid to every student in the school. This is a great way to get children involved in fire safety in a non-threatening way.
Our local fire department will be driving their fire trucks throughout all streets in our school community on the evening of October 12th. Students are encouraged to bring a copy of their escape plan to a fire fighter as they pass the student’s house.
All students submitting a copy of their escape plan will receive a complimentary ticket to the Glenwood Fire Department Pancake Breakfast scheduled for October 16th.
Thank you for your continued support and your partnership in keeping students safe!