Children receiving Prevention 1st’s fire safety training will be able to practice essential survival skills using realistic props like doors and windows, thanks to a grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester.
The props are important to the hands-on learning style of many children and particularly for children with developmental disabilities. Children will be able to physically practice the things to do when the smoke alarm goes off, including locating a way out, checking the door for heat before opening, crawling low if there is smoke, going to a window and signaling to firefighters if necessary, knowing the outside meeting place and going there immediately, and staying at the meeting place until firefighters arrive, never going back inside until it is safe.
Prevention 1st receives regular requests for fire safety training from schools and organizations serving children and adults with developmental disabilities, including Rotary Sunshine Camp, Holy Childhood, CDS Monarch, Arc of Monroe, Epilepsy-Pralid, Heritage Christian Services, and Hillside Family of Agencies. The fire set props built through the RMHC grant will enhance these trainings, which are provided as underwriting becomes available.