92 Students graduated from the MySafe:Riverside Junior Fire Inspector program today. These students, from Foothill Elementary School in Riverside completed a three part fire safety educational program. Each student inspected their home for working smoke alarms and CO detectors. 23 Students received free 10-year sealed First Alert smoke alarms as part of the program – if a student doesn’t have a working smoke alarm, MySafeRiverside will provide one at no cost.
Students also learned what to say to a 911 call taker, how to make a family escape plan, and how to create a safe meeting place outside of the home. Students practiced “get low and go” in the classroom, and demonstrated how to “stop, drop, and roll,” in the event they were to become involved with fire.
As a final treat, the successful students had a chance to meet their local firefighters, from RFD Fire Station 8. The kids got to see the equipment carried on the fire engine and talked with the firefighters. The best part was getting their Junior Fire Inspector ID cards – clipped on by RFD firefighters. Seeing these kids so happy at having completed something for their family is something you have to see for yourself.
This is just the first school being visited in Riverside. MySafe:Riverside will visit with every elementary school during the coming year (based on availability). Teaching 4th and 5th grade students about fire safety is a critical component to community resilience. The overall curriculum includes learning about basic fire science, inspecting the home for working smoke alarms, learning how to find two ways out of the home in the event of a fire – and to never go back inside (for any reason). Students also learn what to say to a 911 call taker, so firefighters can respond quickly.
MySafe:Riverside is a unit of the California Fire Prevention Organization, a non-profit that partners with fire agencies across the State, providing much needed education, training, and home safety resources. To learn more, visit www.mysafecalifornia.org