Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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October 4, 2013

Fourth-graders recognize fire hazards


“Make sure when you are done with electronics, you turn them off and unplug them or they might get hot and overheated,” Westerfeld notes.

Patterson responds, “If you have something plugged in, pull it out where it’s plugged in, not by the cord.”

Raver reports, “Do not play with matches.”

Reder emphasizes, “Never play with explosives or lighters.”

Mack adds, “Don’t mix gasoline and fire.”

Lawson announces, “Don’t have drinks around electronics.”

Hirt advises, “Every time you dry your clothes, you need to clean out the lint .... (and) if your parents smoke, always tell them to tip the edge off their cigarettes, otherwise the tip could catch fire.”

Patterson reveals, “When you have a camp fire, make sure you have a barrier so you don’t get too close.”

In addition, Daulton says, “If you have a camp fire and you’re about to go to sleep, put it out.”

The youngsters also had advice to prevent kitchen fires.

“Never touch the stove without asking an adult and never put metal in a microwave,” Lawson maintains.

If there is a fire on the stove, “put some baking soda on it,” Wonnell stresses.

“You can also put a lid on the pot or pan,” Tekulve notes.

“If you’re cooking in the kitchen, and a fire gets out of hand, you should have a fire extinguisher,” Reder announces.

“Always make sure you don’t leave the stove on when you’re done cooking,” Ayette adds.

“When you’re done with the toaster, unplug it and let it cool,” Westerfeld says.

The students know exactly what to do if there is a fire at home.

“Never panic,” Lecher says.

Reder reveals, “I have a closet that leads to my little brother’s room. I would get him out of his bed and get down the stairs. We have two different ways to get out. If the back door is blocked, I’d go to the front.”

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