Kindergarten Class trip to the Fire Zone with my daughter

23 Mar

I accompanied my daughter and her class to the Fire Zone located in midtown manhattan 34 W 51st on Friday and learned a lot about fire safety from how to prevent, plan, and practice. Children have to learn how to listen and be told what to do if a fire ever occurs so we as parents have to practice in our house just as your child have fire drills in school. Ned the firefighter showed us tv interviews from real people who experienced fires from things you would never think would start a fire like a blanket left on a portable heater, to a dog knocking over a candle and the teddy bears going up in flames, or a frying pan left on the stove with grease. It can happen and we need to be prepared.

Ned also showed the class the equipment and protective clothing they wear and how heavy these items are but it has to be that way to protect them. Jackets have special lining and there is a neck mask to wear to protect their skin. Also did you know in every firefighters helmet they carry a piece of wood which is known as a door stopper so they can keep the door open when they are getting victims out? The boots are steel toe to protect anything from dropping on their feet and crushing them.

The kids got to experience what it was like to get in a fire truck, put on fireman jackets, and even go into a room that look like it was caught on fire. There was fake smoke, fire alarms going off, lights blinking, and they got to crawl out of the room when the smoke appeared.

Make sure batteries are always working in your smoke alarm and don’t ever ignore it when it goes off. It is a life saver.

We had a good time and if any one wants to visit they are open Monday – Saturday 9:00-7:00 and on Sundays 11:00- 5:00. You can call 212 698-4520 or go on their website http://www.Fdnyfirezone.org

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