Friday, January 23, 2009

Fire Zone Field Trip

Our homeschool group took a field trip to the Fire Zone, a fire safety learning center run by the FDNY. The kids got to explore a real fire engine, and then watched a fire simulation and crawled through smoke to exit.

We learned some easy to remember rhymes and catch phrases about fire safety:

Don't hide. Get Outside!

Get Low. And GO!

Have a Plan and Practice It!

One thing I had never heard before is that in checking a door to see if it is hot, you should always use the back of your hand, not your palm, so that you don't burn it and make it harder to use your hands to escape.

Nor did I know that in 85 percent of fire fatalities, either there was no smoke alarm or it was not working. (Not sure if that's a national or local statistic). Definitely incentive to test the battery more often!

Afterwards, Mikro and I wandered over to nearby Rockefeller Center to watch the ice skaters.

Later, we got yelled at for tossing crumbs to the pigeons... Oops.

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