Fire safety is hot topic for pupils

A brightly coloured official fire officer’s vehicle was parked outside Bulford St Leonard’s  Primary School on Wednesday morning, signalling the annual fire safety presentation given by Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue.

Pupils from Years 2 and 6 excitedly gathered to hear from Janet Barber, Education Officer with the service.

Ms Barber discussed what to do when calling 999, regularly changing smoke detector batteries and when to ‘Stop, Drop and Roll.’

Stop, Drop and Roll, is a well-used phrase to help children remember what to do if their clothing catches fire. The children practised crawling under imaginary smoke, so they’d know what to do if they ever needed to escape a fire at home. 

The children also talked about the dangers of playing with matches. 

The older children worked through activities identifying the potential fire risks in pictures of a family living room.

According to Bulford St Leonard’s Primary School Principal Sarah Ward, the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue gives the presentation annually.

“It’s important for the children to understand the dangers posed by smoke inhalation and fire, and to know what to do to if they are ever in a situation where they may need to save their own lives, and help save the lives of others.

Officer Barber encouraged the children to talk with their parents about what they learned and in return for getting fire safety questions correct, the children got to try on parts of the fire officer's uniform.