Kids Learn Lesson in Fire Safety

Posted at: 05/06/2014 5:45 PM
Updated at: 05/06/2014 6:48 PM
By: Dan Conradt

Photo: ABC 6 News
Photo: ABC 6 News

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- You know about the three R's … reading, writing and 'rithmetic.

This week, firefighters are adding a fourth "R" at schools around Freeborn county.

"He talked about what number you should call if there's an emergency," Hollandale Christian School second grader Kallie Smeby told us. “9-1-1.”

"We come out and we do some fire safety talk with them," said Albert Lea fire fighter Jeff Posthumus.

This week, the first and second graders at Hollandale Christian School have added 'readiness' to the other three R's.

"When a fire starts it starts on the ground, probably, and it rises against the ceiling, and then the smoke starts to come down,” firefighter Jeff Posthumus told the kids. “So can you show us how to crawl? remember when you were really little, we want you to crawl low under the smoke."

Second grader Kallie Smeby got the message: "You can catch on fire and then you can die from that."

“By the time the kids are in about third or fourth grade we like to have seen them about five to seven times," the ALFD’s Jeff Posthumus said.

First grader Mallory Greeley sat through the presentation, and we asked her what she learned: “If your shirt gets on fire you stop, drop and roll."

“We love it when the kids come up. we want them to know that we're their friend, we're not scary," fireman Jeff Posthumus told us after the presentation.

And he shared an important tip that he wanted the Hollandale school kids to take home to mom and dad: “If you don't have one there, tell your parents the fireman says we need a smoke detector."

“They beep if there's smoke in your house," second grader Kallie Smeby said.

Last July, a spectacular fire destroyed shop and warehouse buildings just down the street from the school in Hollandale.

And before fireman Jeff Posthumus left the classroom, he handed out a homework assignment:

"I have to fill out a sheet," second grader Kallie Smeby said.

“I want you to go home and fill this out with your family. There's a couple questions you need to mark off, then your parents need to sign it," Jeff Posthumus told the kids.

"If we fill in all the questions and if we turn it in, we can get a tee-shirt," first grader Mallory Greeley explained.

Firefighters will go back to the schools later this week to award tee-shirts to the kids who completed their questionnaires, shared them with their families and returned them to school.