In recognition of National Fire Prevention Month, members of the were on hand in early October at the Wantagh School District’s three elementary schools to teach the children about fire safety.
Wantagh firefighter and lead instructor Marcela Loeber came to the schools to teach students about the correct way to respond in the event of a home fire. She spoke to the children about the importance of having a family evacuation plan and showed them a fire safety film.
At the end of the program, the third and fourth graders received a hands-on lesson when they entered the “smoke house,” a Wantagh Fire Department trailer designed to look like a bedroom. The children filed inside the simulated smoke-filled room, where they learned how to respond properly in a fire by opening the bedroom window, calling for help, and waiting for a firefighter or another adult to help them escape safely through the window.
The day’s lessons were part of an annual fire safety program that encourages the connection between the Wantagh community and the school district.
“This is a wonderful, informative and valuable program that the children all love," said Principal Maureen Goldberg. "We’ve been doing this for more than 17 years.”