Fire is hot, fast and deadly. According to the United States Fire Administration, more people die in fires each year than in all natural disasters combined.
So, as part of National Fire Prevention Week, some area students are being "schooled" about fire safety and prevention.
Firefighters went from class to class at Harris Upper Elementary on Tuesday, talking to students and stressing the ten tips for fire safety.
In a fire, crawl low under the smoke. Install and maintain smoke alarms. If possible, install an automatic sprinkler system. Plan an escape, and know at least two ways out of your home. Be careful with smoking materials. Cook safely. Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from flammable objects. Keep matches and lighters out of sight. Use electricity safely. And if your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop, and roll.
"I learned not to leave nothing cooking on the stove," said one student at Harris.
"Don't put cords under a rug," said another.
"When it's smoking in the house, crawl. Stay low and go," said one student.
The students at West Lauderdale High School were also focusing on fire safety. A fire evacuation drill was conducted Tuesday morning.
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Source: http://www.firepreventionweek.org (Fire Prevention Week Web site) contributed to this report.