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#1 SnazzyFeral

Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:33 PM

When I was in primary school we had fire safety taught every year. In prep I remember drawing up a list of things I would take with me and learned how to escape if my house was on fire and what to do if there was a fire approaching. If we were still in the house it was to go to the bathroom and fill the bath with water and cover yourself with a wet wool blanket. We learned how to make sure we weren’t wearing plastic clothes and that if we had to evacuate on short notice then we should wear wet woollen jumpers and not to get out of the car if the fire went over us. This was reinforced every year.  I still make sure I have woollen blankets in the house and am slightly obsessed with cleaning out the gutters. It is only recently I figured out that not everyone learns these things. I think that these things should be taught or am I being OTT?

#2 Katie_bella

Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

Stop Drop and Roll! biggrin.gif


Don't remember much else being taught

#3 Oriental lily

Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:36 PM

Get down low and go go go.


I never lived rural growing up so learnt nothing about bush fires.

#4 Chazonator

Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:37 PM

yep stop, drop and roll here too! we made a fire evacuation map of the house and had some firemen come to the school with their fire truck which was quite exciting as a small child but other than that I cant think of much else!

#5 ♥~Bodhichitta~♥

Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:38 PM

QUOTE (Oriental lily @ 04/01/2013, 07:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Get down low and go go go.


I never lived rural growing up so learnt nothing about bush fires.


This is me too.  We were basically taught nothing, but then we lived in the inner city.

#6 CountryFeral

Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:41 PM

It was too long ago to remember - we also had some pretty massive bushfires (obliterated the town next along - we had a house full of refugees for more than a week - with pets!) when I was a child so we just 'knew' the stuff... having seen it first hand.

A dear friend of mine lives in a flood risk area of her city, her children do 'flood drill' at school and she has a flood plan taped to a prominent wall.  Plus an evacuation box ready to roll.

#7 Thylacine

Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:48 PM

I grew up in a rural area which was not prone to bushfires. At school we just did the standard "get dowm low and go, go, go" fire training.

Snake bites on the other hand... I couldn't count how many times we were taught what to do when we saw a snake and what to do if we were bitten.

#8 Maple Leaf

Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

QUOTE (Katie_bella @ 04/01/2013, 07:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Stop Drop and Roll! biggrin.gif


Don't remember much else being taught


This.




#9 **Tiger*Feral**

Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:51 PM

I don't remember being taught anything at all about fire safety.

#10 crazyone2989

Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:04 PM

I remember doing stop, drop and roll and the occasional fire drill at school. BUT being in NZ we did way more on earthquake drills, learning what to do and practicing getting under the desks. Mum also had an earthquake survival bin!

When we almost had to evacuate our house due to a hill fire she had the earthquake kit ready to go and my brother and I stuffed toys into our sleeping bags...not particularly prepared for that one, thankfully we didn't have to leave.

In Australia I don't remember doing any fire safety stuff.

#11 Jane F. Jetson

Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:07 PM

I don't remember being taught anything about fire safety, apart from some dire warning about not letting your parents smoke in bed which scared the life out of me. Clearly this message drove out all others.

#12 Expelliarmus

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:29 PM

At school just 'get down low and go, go, go.' that was for housefires, we didn't learn about bushfires at school because my schools weren't in a bushfire zone - although I lived in one. I learnt about what to do in a bushfire , well basically in the middle of a bushfire because mum and dad had to go fight the fire and leave me at home on my own.

#13 TeaTimeTreat

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:46 PM

I was at school in the UK so it was all about house fires, stop, drop and roll, tell your parents never to smoke in bed! If there is a chip fat fire use a fire blanket, cover your mouth with a wet rag and crawl if you need to get out and there is smoke etc and never play with matches or lighters was the main one.

The only things I knew about bush fire survival was from Byrce Courtney books  unsure.gif .

#14 *CalamityJane*

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:53 PM

I vaguely recall some stuff about house fires - stop, drop and roll, and also that if a door handle felt hot, that meant the fire was on the other side so don't open it.  We were in the city too.  Strangely, I always remember being told if there was earthquake to stand in a doorway.

#15 Frankly my Dear

Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:53 AM

I can only remember the Ronald McDonald ads, get down low and go go go. I don't really recall learning about fire safety at school...

#16 IsolaBella

Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:05 AM

Problem is some of which we were taught is wrong.

Woolens still stand as great fabrics,

I remember the Janalli fires and the family basically boiling in the pool, so water in the bath to so good looking now.

Earthquakes and doorways - better to find negative space (refuted by US govt), but their message is Drop, Cover, Hold

http://www.wikihow.com/Survive-an-Earthquake

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Drop, cover, and hold. This is the national standard for earthquake safety in the United States. [2] The alternate advice is to get next to a sturdy piece of furniture so that if a wall falls, it will create a crawl space in which you can survive. This "triangle of life" method, however, is inconsistent with earthquake research and not recommended by the American Red Cross, Structural Engineers Association of Northern California Response, and Earthquake Country Alliance.


My DS has done fire safety each year (inner suburb if capital city). We talk about the family escape plan.

If you look back around the Black Saturday fires dates there were threads where some informed the latest fire safety. Similar with earthquakes in NZ.

Edited by lsolaBella, 05 January 2013 - 09:10 AM.


#17 Kalota

Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:29 AM

I'm a Prep teacher and we still do a program on all of that kinds of fire safety, OP. We have the local CFA come and do all of that practical stuff with the kids - they are great.




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