Teach children about fire safety exit drills with latest coloring cartoon


BURRILLVILLE – A new installment in the Seasons of Safety coloring cartoon campaign promotes fire safety exit drills in the home with the Fearless Dino Protector Squad.

Every family should have a fire exit strategy and plan in place in homes and apartments. Fire safety exit plans and routes should be practiced at least once every season so everyone in the home knows what to do in case of a fire.

Establishing a safe meeting place is very important so everyone knows that all family members have escaped the fire. It is also very important to do this so an adult can inform firefighters that arrive on scene that the home and apartment are not occupied. Knowing that all occupants are safe will ensure that first responders will not have to put themselves in harm’s way by going inside a burning building to search for people that could be trapped inside.

It’s safer for everyone to know that the structure is empty and nobody is trapped inside.

The below home fire safety and burn prevention coloring cartoon features messages that remind kids to, “Drop Low and Go” and, “Stay Under The Smoke,” when escaping a burning home or apartment building. Parents are invited to print the cartoon and discuss important home fire safety and burn prevention tips with kids while coloring.

Each cartoon in the Seasons of Safety fire safety and burn prevention series can make a perfect refrigerator reminder that can be viewed and remembered every day. When a new one becomes available it can be easily displayed in a child’s bedroom as a daily reminder to be fire safe and prevent unintentional burns in your own home and apartment.

Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. His work includes collaboration with groups such as the Governor’s Office on Highway Safety, the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Rhode Island State Police, the Rhode Island Police Chief’s Association and the Rhode Island Fire Chief’s Association, along with Rhode Island Safe Kids Coalition, Rhode Island Safe Communities and Hasbro Children’s Hospital Injury-Prevention Division.
A talented artist who is also involved in the local car show circuit, Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children.

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