Seven year old Claire Robertson, a first grader at Geist Elementary school, was given a homework assignment from her first grade teacher, to draw an escape plan from their home in case of an emergency. Claire did her one better. With the help of her parents and siblings, Claire made a movie with an app from her dads phone.
Fishers Department of Fire and Emergency Services has been taking the Hamilton County Safety Trailer to each of the HSE elementary schools during the month of October, to teach kids safety in their house and how to know when to get out.
Over 5000 K-2nd grade students learn first hand the sound of a smoke detector and what to do when it "shouts" to get out. They see a smoke filled room and how the smoke rises leaving the better air below to crawl in. They learn two ways out of every room and even crawl out a window so they know how to do it. They also learn how to prevent fires and and injuries in the home.
This 25 minute presentation for each class, gives them an experience they can refer back to if they find themselves in these situations.
The trailer was purchased four years ago with a federal grant and can be utilized by any of the Hamilton County fire departments.