‘Avengers’ teach Farmington Schools kids about fire safety

Farmington Public Schools elementary students are learning about fire safety this month, thanks to a crew of  “Avengers” from the Farmington Hills Fire Department.

Farmington Hills Fire Department Avengers
From left: Senior Firefighter Mike Rucinski as Hawkeye, Sergeant Eric Alonzo as Dr. Wong, Inspector Stan Barnes as Firefighter Stan, Firefighter Nate Lochrie as Star-Lord, Firefighter Dennis Hubbard as Spiderman, and Lieutenant Dan Wecker as Stan Lee. (City of Farmington Hills)

This year’s National Fire Protection Association theme, “Be Aware, Fires Can Happen Anywhere…So Look, Listen and Learn,” provides a focal point for information presented during the assemblies.

“The Annual Fall Assembly Program is a great way to educate our community,” Fire Chief Jon Unruh said in a press release. “The kids and the firefighters have fun while achieving the goal of preparing our children to be fire safe.”

In Michigan, fire deaths have increased 23 percent over this time in 2017. During the school presentations, local students learn the following lifesaving messages:

  • Make sure your house has working smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Replace older smoke alarms with ones that have 10-year lithium batteries.
  • Practice a family escape plan in the event of a fire.
  • Identify two ways out of every room.
  • Close the doors to the rooms inside the house.
  • Choose a family meeting place and make sure everyone knows where it’s located.
  • Never go back inside a burning house for any reason.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Jason Olszewski, 65 percent of known fatal fires originated in the bedroom or living room. He said that materials used in current home furnishings burn faster and produce more toxic gases and smoke.

“Today’s home fires grow in size faster than ever,” said Olszewski. “Typically this allows as little as one to two minutes to escape from the time the smoke alarm sounds.”

For more information about the 2018 Fall Assembly Program, call 248-871-2820.