CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Volunteer firefighters from Croton-on-Hudson gave fire safety tips to students at Carrie E. Thompkins Elementary School in advance of Fire Prevention Week.
“We have one week each year dedicated to teaching people how to prevent fires and what to do if one starts,” Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department Deputy Chief Thomas “Tex” Dinkler said to students.
The firefighters visited each classroom to answer questions about fire safety and distribute materials to assist them in completing activities at the 2015 Fire Fair.
Dinkler told the students they could ride on the fire truck if they completed the five activities. The fair provided opportunities for the students to practice climbing down fire ladders, bailing out of windows and "stopping, dropping and rolling."
Students took home activity books featuring posters that they can design toshow their own home's fire escape plan. One poster from each grade level will be selected by fire department personnel as a winner.
“Once you hear the smoke detector, you need to stay outside," said Dinkler. "You don’t go back for anything. The most important thing to take out of the house is you.”
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