Sunday safety cartoon: Dino Puppy teaches Stop, Drop & Roll


BURRILLVILLE – It’s that time of year again, when warmer weather brings longer days and more outdoor activities in, and around the house, or apartment.

One of those outdoor activities is firing up the barbecue grills and fire pits during the summer months. There are fire dangers that come along with firing up grills and fire pits in our back yards. One of those fire hazards includes clothes catching on fire when somebody stands too close to an open flame. Hot ambers can land on clothes, and if you stand too close to an open flame your own clothes can catch on fire.

It is strongly suggested that all kids stay at least three feet away from open flames in barbecue grills and fire pits to keep them safer when participating in outdoor back yard activities. The Fearless Dino Protector Squad firefighting and fire safety and burn prevention dinosaurs teach kids about fire safety and burn prevention while heightening awareness regarding numerous fire hazards throughout the entire year.

This week’s Sunday Cartoon features Fearless Dino Protector Squads very own Dino Puppy. His name is 911. The message informs kids what to do if their clothes catch on fire. It’s simple information with great visuals letting kids know what to do to avoid burns. If your clothes catch fire; “First, you STOP! Second, you DROP! Then, you ROLL!” until the fire is completely extinguished and out. Parents, guardians, teachers, police officers and firefighters could use this fire safety and burn prevention coloring cartoon as a visual guide and have kids practice, “Stop, Drop & Roll,” fire drills outside on the grass. Police and fire departments host open houses, barbecue events and musters during the summer and fall months that attract kids and families in their communities. This can be a great fire safety and burn prevention activity for kids to learn with police officers and firefighters, showing them what to do to stay safer with some practice. 

Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children. He has a long list of police officers and firefighters in his family and has worked with law enforcement and firefighters in a creative public safety capacity for more than two decades.

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