MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - October 6-12 is Fire Prevention Week. Wednesday, second and third graders from Sandy Knoll Elementary school in Marquette learned how to stay safe in the event of a fire.
The Marquette City Fire Department was on hand with their smokehouse, a trailer home specifically designed to look and feel like a house fire using smoke machines.
Students watch a video about fire prevention and have the chance to ask the firefighters questions. Then, they enter a room filled with smoke, and are tasked with finding the safest way out.
The exercise is meant to educate the students, and most importantly, take what they’ve learned home with them.
“Getting their parents to check their smoke detectors, making sure they have safe ways out of their house, finding a meeting spot, and I think creating a report with the kids so they’re not afraid if there is a situation at their house and they aren’t hiding from the firefighters,” said Amy Pruner, second grade teacher at Sandy Knoll.
During Fire Prevention Week, students at Sandy Knoll will also read books and take part in fire-related experiments in the classroom.