Fire safety clowns visit Whitman Elementary
LEWISTON, ID —
It’s Fire Prevention Week across the nation.
Earlier in the week we reported in Clarkston where students from Grantham Elementary learned about keeping themselves and their family’s safe.
Firefighters and their fire safety clowns dropped off a few safety tips at Whitman Elementary in Lewiston.
The clowns also put on a puppet show and busted a few dance moves.
The crew also talked to kids about the importance of wearing a seat belt, who should be using a booster seat, and what to do if your clothes catch fire.
Tim Parker with Lewiston Fire Department says it’s important to expose kids to first responders before they’re in an emergency situation.
"It's very vital. 80% of all fire deaths occur in the home, so in home structure fires. So, it’s really important to teach kids that the firefighters that will be coming into rescue them aren't scary, they're their friends and just give them ideas of how they can survive in the space,” explained firefighter Parker.
Saturday is “National Home Fire Drill Day” where they encourage families to create and practice an emergency plan in case of a fire because you never can be too prepared.