In an effort to prepare students for a possible fire emergency, members of the Wantagh Fire Department visited Lee Road Elementary School in North Wantagh on Sept. 28 to review the importance of fire safety through discussion, videos and hands-on practice.
Students in grades K-2 heard from Wantagh firefighter John Licata in the school’s gymnasium. Licata showed the classes the gear that firefighters wear in an emergency situation and watched a fire safety video about the importance of smoke detectors.
Third, fourth and fifth-graders heard from Wantagh firefighter John Loeber, who spoke about what to do when a fire breaks out. He also discussed the use of smoke detectors and urged students to take them seriously. The classes watched a fire safety video that encouraged them to create a family escape plan in case of an emergency.
Older students also had the unique opportunity to practice E.D.I.T.H. drills — Exit Drills In The Home — where classes were invited outside the building to a Smoke House to practice their emergency preparedness.
Under the supervision of the fire department, students went into the Smoke House and were taught what to do in case smoke fills the air. They followed an escape plan which included getting low, moving towards a window, sitting on a windowsill, calling out for help and exiting to safety with the assistance of a firefighter.