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130YearsofService

 

Dear Parent or Caregiver:

 

Each year hundreds of people die in home fires in Canada and thousands are injured, some so badly they are disfigured for life. There are many ways we can act to reduce the awful toll of home fire, but every one of those ways starts with an understanding of the hazards that create fires and the safe behaviours that can prevent fires or protect us if fire occurs.

 

I want your child to know how to be fire safe, so I am committed to teaching fire safety. Our class will be studying ways to prevent fires and what to do in a fire through the “Learn Not to Burn” program produced by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

 

In addition to classroom activities, this program involves home activities you can do as a family. These home activities will help your child spot hazards in your home and teach fire safety to your entire family. But I need your support. Please discuss the fire safety behaviours presented at school and work as a family to complete the activities sent home. This material is also available in 10 languages via our website: www.brandonfire.ca. I encourage you to check out these resources.

 

Fire safety education is the key to saving life and property from fire. Proof that it works can be seen in the hundreds of success stories reported to NFPA by fire fighters, parents, and teachers. Many of these true stories tell of children who saved a life because they knew what to do in a fire situation. Here is the story of a documented “SAVE” incident from Brandon:

 

On June 9, 2000, Katrina Elliott became a hero!

 

That morning, Katrina’s house started on fire. Unable to wake her mother, Katrina rushed over to a neighbour’s house with her little brother and called 911. Brandon Fire and Emergency Services responded and Katrina’s mother was rescued. Katrina’s quick thinking save lives and averted a catastrophe. But how did she know what to do? Katrina’s answer: “I learned it in school.” Katrina was a student at Riverview School and had taken part in the Learn Not to Burn® program.

 

Our program proudly received the FM Global Fire Prevention Award as a result of our efforts in providing on-going fire safety education to our community. I also need to acknowledge it is with the generous support of our corporate sponsors that we are able to continue with this important program.

 

On the other side of this letter is a list of the fire safety behaviours and when they are to be presented in this four-step program. Working together as a team, we can protect our children and loved ones.

 

Behaviours Introduced

Behaviours Reviewed

Kindergarten:
- Performing Stop, Drop and Roll
- Performing Crawl Low Under Smoke
- Practising Match and Lighter Safety
- Performing Cool a Burn Procedure
- Community Helpers
Grade One:
- Reporting Fire and Smoke Immediately
- Responding Correctly During Fire and Smoke Drills
- Identifying Exit signs and Knowing Two Ways Out of Buildings Other Than Your Home

 

- Performing Stop, Drop and Roll
- Performing Crawl Low Under Smoke
- Practising Match and Lighter Safety
- Performing Cool a Burn Procedure
- Community Helpers

Grade Two:
- Installing and Maintaining Smoke Alarms
- Participating in Home Hazard Inspections
- Using a Home Escape Plan

 

- Performing Stop, Drop and Roll
- Performing Crawl Low Under Smoke
- Practising Match and Lighter Safety
- Performing Cool a Burn Procedure
- Community Helpers
- Reporting Fire and Smoke Immediately
- Responding Correctly During Fire and Smoke Drills
- Identifying Exit signs and Knowing Two Ways Out of Buildings Other Than Your Home

Grade Three:
- Practising Fire Safety Around Home Heating Sources
- Practising Fire Safety with Flammable Liquids
- Practising Outdoor Fire Safety

 

- Performing Stop, Drop and Roll
- Performing Crawl Low Under Smoke
- Practising Match and Lighter Safety
- Performing Cool a Burn Procedure
- Community Helpers
- Reporting Fire and Smoke Immediately
- Responding Correctly During Fire and Smoke Drills
- Identifying Exit signs and Knowing Two Ways Out of Buildings Other Than Your Home
- Installing and Maintaining Smoke Alarms
- Participating in Home Hazard Inspections Using a Home Escape Plan