Mike Campbell

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Aug. 16, 2021) With the back-to-school season upon us, students of all ages could use a refresher on fire safety. Here are a few simple tips for both children and parents.

Stop, drop and roll

“Stop, drop and roll” is the fire-safety principle so fundamental that your children will probably be learning it in school this year if they haven’t already.

This simple idea covers what to do in the event that you catch on fire. People should stop moving, get on the ground and roll around to smother and extinguish the flames. You should also try to cover your face in the process to keep away flames.

Always keep calm

A calm response to emergencies is always ideal in every kind of emergency. Order is more important than speed when performing a fire drill or when there is a real fire. Staying calm will help large families or groups of students get out of a building safely.

Get to know emergency exits

Just as your child will learn about emergency routes and exits at school, they should do the same at home. Parents are encouraged to take some time to show their children the best route to take at home in case of an emergency, and instruct them where to meet you once safely outside.

Check for necessary equipment

For students who may be living on their own for the first time, checking for necessary equipment is a must-do step upon moving in. A fire extinguisher and working smoke detector are more important than furniture.

Follow dorm regulations

For students living in a dorm setting, their building probably has regulations in place as to what they can and can’t have in their rooms. Candles and portable heating elements are generally at the top of many dorms’ prohibited lists. These items are best left at home rather than brought to a communal setting like a dorm.

Students, parents and everyone else can benefit from remembering fire safety in their daily lives. For more fire-safety tips, call the fire prevention section at 573.596.0886.

Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department patch. (U.S. Army image.)


About Fort Leonard Wood

Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving and prosperous installation that has evolved from a small basic training post more than 75 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence that trains more than 80,000 military and civilians each year.

Fort Leonard Wood is home to the U.S Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and three U.S. Army schools: the U.S. Army Engineer School; U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School; and the U.S. Army Military Police School. In addition to training engineer, CBRN and military police specialties for the Army, Fort Leonard Wood also provides gender-integrated in-processing and Basic Combat Training for new Soldiers.

Fort Leonard Wood also hosts and trains with the largest Marine Corps Detachment and Air Force Squadron on any Army installation as well as a large Navy construction detachment.

More information about Fort Leonard Wood is at: https://home.army.mil/wood/index.php/about/mission