Kindergartners graduate from fire-safety school

Students at Banks Elementary School graduated from fire-safety school on Tuesday. (Source: Tucson News Now)
Students at Banks Elementary School graduated from fire-safety school on Tuesday. (Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Some Tucson kindergartners are proving they know better than to play with matches.

A group of them graduated from fire-safety school Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Laura Nobles Banks Elementary School (3200 S. Lead Flower Avenue).

Firefighters from the Drexel Heights Fire District taught four separate sessions over the past month to show the students the basics of fire safety. It's a learning experience that firefighters hope will last a lifetime.

"Kinders are just like sponges," said Drexel Heights Fire District Fire Educator Angie Fimbres. "They just take so much in and they remember these things. So we're hoping that they will take this out to their parents and friends."

The classes wrapped up days after fires destroyed two Tucson homes. In both cases, authorities said the fires were started by 5-year-olds playing with matches.

The kindergartners learned to stay away from hot objects like grills, stoves, lighters and matches. They also learned how smoke alarms work and the importance of having an escape plan if there's a fire.

Firefighters finished off the last day of the course to demonstrate how they protect the community. They also showed how they put on their turnout gear. Afterward, the children toured a fire truck and took a pledge to remember fire safety.

The children received a plastic fire helmet and a diploma after graduating from the safety program.

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