The Hoffman Estates Fire Department Does School Visits!
A priority of the Hoffman Estates Fire Department is to help the citizen body know how to ensure their own safety in an emergency situation and the safety of their family and community. One way we tackle this priority is by educating the future generations in their educational institutions. From Kindergarten through 4th grade, our Public Education Officer can visit your school and teach your kids great tips for Fire Safety.
Examples of What Your Kids Will Learn
For the Kindergarten group, we try to highlight some of the basics, keeping it simple but relevant. Here are some examples of what is covered:
- What are the differences between toys and tools?
- What is safe to touch and what is not?
- When should you call 9-1-1?
- What is a smoke alarm?
For 1st grade kids, we review some of the basics but also begin introducing a few more important concepts. Here are some examples of what we cover for 1st graders.
- Where should smoke alarms go?
- Why is it important to have a home escape plan?
- What should I say when I call 9-1-1?
The 2nd grade kids get into the more specific aspects of Fire Safety in addition to reviewing the basics:
- What is carbon monoxide?
- Why is it important to know where the exits are?
- How can I avoid burns?
Our 3rd graders start learning some more practical application knowledge along with some higher level Fire Safety information. Some examples include:
- How do you treat cuts and burns?
- What is the 'Fire Tetrahedron'?
- What is electrical safety?
The last group of kids, the 4th graders, wrap up their Fire Safety knowledge (for elementary school) with a review of the basics and some additional useful everyday knowledge. Some examples of what they will learn include:
- What should I do in severe weather?
- How can I be safe in the kitchen?