Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune
Oberlin fire Lt. Shawn Clawson talks to a group of second-graders about home fire safety.
Safety was the message Tuesday when Oberlin firefighters visited Eastwood Elementary second-graders.
With a Lorain County fire safety trailer in tow, the experts talked to children about precautions both inside and outside their homes — including how to escape should flames break out.
Lt. Shawn Clawson and Lt. Michael Streator said it’s important for every family to agree on a safe meeting place outside where parents and children can regroup in an emergency.
The students met with Clawson by the mailbox before entering the demonstration home.
His advice: Always stay three to five feet away from anything hot, never touch matches, don’t leave newspapers or towels by anything that gets hot, and if there’s a house fire always feel the door with the back of your hand before opening it.
“At home we should have smoke detectors,” Streator told students. “We need to test them at least once a month.”
He said if someone is stuck upstairs and cannot get out, yell out the window to someone outside and if they cannot hear you, throw things at them to get their attention.
And remember: Once you get out of your house, never go back in, Clawson said.
Fires are not always bad, Streator said. But they should only be handled by adults.
If a family decides to have a campfire outside, Streator encourages everyone to have a hose, bucket of water, or fire extinguisher close by in case it gets out of hand.
Each student was given a booklet on fire safety. The books allowed kids to draw plans for escaping a home fire.
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