Local second graders learn to ‘drop and roll’

“Do we ever go back into a burning house,” asked Sunnyside Fireman Tony Castillo.
“No,” was the response from Carolyn Shifflett’s second grade class.
The children paid close attention as Castillo and Sunnyside Fire Department Firedog “Dottie” taught the children simple safety procedures during Castillo’s exit drills in the EDITH House program held yesterday (Wednesday), at Washington Elementary School.
Castillo has spent the past several days instructing the school’s second graders in fire exit drills and safety using the Yakima County EDITH House as a prop.
“What do we do when we smell smoke,” he asked.
“Drop to the floor and get out,” was the answer shouted out by Shifflett’s pint-sized students.
“And what do we do next,” Castillo asked.
“We go to our neighbors and call 911,” the youngsters answered back.
“Good,” Castillo responded.
Castillo and Dottie will continue visiting all of the Sunnyside School District second graders in the coming weeks, talking about fire safety.
“The biggest thing we will be doing is introducing and practicing safety exits from homes,” Castillo said.

‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JHart@DailySunNews.com

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