Excitement permeates body language and voices as children arrive daily for their experience at Children’s Village. What they initially see as a day away from their traditional classroom quickly turns into interactive learning about how to keep themselves safe in our modern society. The classroom and hands-on curriculum delivered by specially trained instructors is informational and entertaining simultaneously.
Personal safety day emphasizes traffic safety as a pedestrian, as a bicyclist and even as a motorist. Learning about what the traffic signals mean is vital to our urban and rural school groups. They talk about the need for bicycle helmets for the obvious, but also for skate boards and scooters. Seat belts and car seats for children are emphasized. Water flotation devices when boating and respecting the risks of being near railroad tracks are components of this training.
Lessons include making good choices as opposed to bad choices about substances, medications, recognizing that tools are not toys, what to do when encountering unusual items in their path, stranger danger and knowing when to inform an adult.
Fire safety day includes a visit to a house that burned, where the apparent fire, heat and smoke damage demonstrates the danger and need to get out fast. The children practice how to get low and crawl in smoke, how to test for heat on walls and doors to know where the fire is advancing. They practice “Stop, Drop and Roll.” They get to hold a smoke detector and set it off and then rehearse calling 9-1-1 and knowing how to answer the critical questions the dispatcher will ask.
Instruction includes the need for fire extinguishers in the home and the risks of electrical appliances, especially those that get hot. Homework has them working with their family to plan an escape route from the home and setting a meeting place outside to make sure everyone is safe. They also locate and test smoke detectors in the home and make certain that their residence can be identified for emergency response.
Children who attend classes at Children’s Village are given fire prevention homework to get the adults in the family involved in their lessons. Hopefully that assignment was completed as part of the learning experience. But, it is information that should be reviewed annually and potentially updated, if you have changed your place of residency. We have attached a modified version of that homework to help with your annual home checkup and added one for the personal safety program. Print them out and have fun looking for ways to improve your life-safety opportunities.