find the safe spot -- a previously arranged meeting place for family
members who have escaped from a fire. It's an integral part of the
escape plan, he said.
"If you don't know where your safety spot is, how could you get
out of your house?" he said.
The presentation is given by L.A. Troupe, and arranged by the
Glendale Fire Department as part of Fire Safety Month. Skits set in
the home of the actors demonstrate what to do -- and what not to do
-- in case of a fire.
Students learned the importance of having working smoke detectors
in each room, not treating matches and lighters as toys and not to go
back into a burning house for family members, pets or toys.
Students also learned to test doors and windows with the back of
the hand instead of the front when determining if something is safe
to use as an escape route, because the back of the hand is less
sensitive than the front.
Marcus Monterroso thinks having a smoke detector is important, but
also thinks it can be deceptive.
"Sometimes the alarm can go off, but it might not be smoke from a
fire," he said. "It could be smoke from someone cooking something."
The presentation is an annual event at Monte Vista Elementary,
first-grade teacher Shirley Sycamore said.
"We need to remind children of this, many times," she said. "I
just don't think they get enough of this."