The MySafe:LA Team visits schools and Rec&Parks facilities EVERY WEEK to share important fire and life safety messages. Each visit is carefully coordinated to provide the best possible input, while ensuring the classroom structure is not disrupted. In a quick 60-minutes (for traditional assembly), students go an an important, fun, and informative journey – and all of it in the name of safety.
Usually, the adventure begins in the school auditorium. A MySafe:LA instructor and a Los Angeles Fire Department Company Commander (Captain) introduce themselves to the kids. A six minute safety video is then shown, demonstrating the importance of a family escape plan and how to practice it. After the video has been completed, the team tests the children orally to see what their retention level is. Typically, this involves a five minute question and answer period.
Then MySafe:LA instructors cover basic fire safety information regarding:
The Captain then introduces members of his crew. Depending on availability and time, fire crews can provide further safety information regarding:
The firefighters than lead the children out of the auditorium to the playground. This may seem simplistic, but in reality, the children are learning to take directions from firefighters. Often this activity is paired with the opportunity for kids to practice “Get Low and Go.”
The children circulate between multiple workstations in the playground. The 60-minute drill includes three stations:
Los Angeles firefighters and MySafe:LA members supervise each station and children are given the chance to see a real fire extinguished, learn how to use a fire hose to reach a target cone and move it, and discover how complex the equipment on fire apparatus can be.
Teachers can request a complete MySafe:LA learning system. It includes a Teacher’s Guide, developed by the Home Safety Council. This guide combines teaching fire safety with literacy. There are three books for students, including escape planning, smoke detectors, and how to get out of the house. Children can see the illustrations, but they will also learn how to read while going through the books.
In addition to the the books, there are a series of exercises, including mazes, word games, and other elements that help teach children about fire safety. The teacher will also give the children a series of materials to take home, so they can quiz their parents, create an escape plan, fill out an emergency phone listing, and much more. All in all, there are several dozen routines to go through.
Once the teacher has shared the information given to the class by MySafe:LA, they may go online to learn more at mysafela.org. The website is rich in digital media and contains in-depth information on our programs, and basic fire and life safety education having to do with burn prevention, earthquake science, wildfire preparedness and much more.
MySafe:LA conducts dozens of other education programs for school-aged children, seniors and homeowners’ groups. Contact education @ my safe la dot org to learn more!