||Click on the image, above, to go to the first in a series of videos about fire, introduced by TV reporters, Frank Field and his children, Storm and Allison.
This year, Fire Prevention Week is celebrated Oct. 7-13. The Montclair Public Schools has joined with Montclair Fire Chief Kevin Allen and Safe Kids New Jersey, to present the first in a series of important fire safety and prevention lessons.
These video lessons, geared toward students in grades 5, 6 and 7, introduce families and their children to the reality and danger of fire. A notice went home to all families requesting they make it a “family assignment” to watch the first lesson, “Fire Is Black,” together. Families may find the video appropriate for younger students as well, and are encouraged to share it with them with supervision.
The family assignment notice includes a place for parents/caregivers to acknowledge, by signature, that they watched the series with their children. Concepts viewed in the video will be reinforced in the classroom.
The video is available on the Internet at www.njfiresafety.com; Channel 34 (The first lesson, “Fire Is Black,” will be presented on Mon., Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. with the next video in the series airing consecutively each night at the same time), at any Montclair Fire Station and the Montclair Public Library.
New Jersey State Law requires that all schools in New Jersey teach fire safety and prevention. Most children, during Pre-K or early elementary school, were introduced to such lessons as “Don’t Play with Matches” and “Stop, Drop and Roll.” While these lessons are informative and fun, now is the time to go beyond the basics and help teach the more serious, life-long lessons of fire safety.
“Montclair holds monthly fire drills in our schools to practice fire safety procedures but we recognize that most fires happen in the home, not in schools,” said Dr. Felice A. Harrison, Assistant to the Superintendent. “We request that all families watch this important series of lessons during Fire Prevention Week and we encourage family members to engage in discussions about fire with their families.”