Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Are Your Homes Safe as Houses? Tasmanian Fire Service

The wise question from Barry Blackwell or Firefighter Barry as he is affectionately known  by the  students.  I think all teachers adore him and appreciate all he does; I am sure the Tasmanian Fire Department are aware of what a gem he is. He is fabulous with the kids and has a friendly and fair approach. I also love listening to him and every year, even after some 15 years I always learn something new. Today the students had their first lesson in fire safety. Tonight's homework is based on today's lesson.
Barry Blackwell

Today Firefighter Barry discussed the importance of smoke alarms, their positioning in a house, and also showed how they worked and how to keep them maintained. Apparently they can be purchased for as little as $6. He also emphasized the importance of having an escape plan for the whole family in the event of a house fire.  The students viewed some footage from a Current Affair showing just how quickly a fire in a house can spread and the damage is can cause in only a matter of a minutes. The focus was on the fact that within a minute dense smoke fills the air and it is impossible to see and after a minute the room temperature soared to a whopping 600 degrees!

Here is the task students need to do for homework tonight. He will be collecting the plans tomorrow in the second lesson and will give students feedback.

Firefighter Barry's plan for the shed

The students' behaviour was exemplary and the following students were outstanding with their answers to questions and also their queries: CB, MH, KK, KB, AW,OsF

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