Fire & Weather Safety

Preventions and Methods

Standard 3: The student will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks

Benchmark: The student will demonstrate ways to avoid and reduce threatening situations by having students differentiate between severe weather and fire safety methods.

Tornado Facts

• Tornadoes can occur any time of the year

• In an average year, tornadoes cause 70 fatalities and 1,500 injuries nationwide

• They can produce winds up to 250 mph

• Tornadoes can be more than a mile wide and stay on the ground for up to 50 miles

Tornado Safety

• If a tornado warning has been issued, take cover. This means a Tornado has been spotted in the area.

• Find shelter on the lowest area of your home

• If you do not have a basement go underneath a staircase, in a bathroom, or in a room without windows

• If available, try to cover yourself with mattresses or blankets

• Try to have a radio, flashlight and tennis shoes with you to keep yourself protected from the storm

Severe Weather Facts

• Lightening injuries 1,000 people per year and causes around 100 deaths

• Lightening can strike 10 miles away from the actual storm

Severe Weather Safety

• As soon as you see lightening, count the number of seconds until you hear thunder, if it is less than 30 seconds, take cover

• Do not stand under trees, or tall objects

• Stay away from water (pools, lakes, etc)

• A building offers the best protection, but a car does well too

Fire Safety

• If you see smoke coming under the door — don't open the door!If you don't see smoke — touch the door!

• If the door is hot or very warm — don't open the door!

• If you don't see smoke — and the door is not hot — then use your fingers to lightly touch the doorknob. If the doorknob is hot or very warm — don't open the door!

Be Prepared for a Fire

• Have a fire extinguisher on hand in the home

• Make sure there are fire alarms in the home

• Have an escape plan

Tornado drill
School Fire Drills