|Published:||Oct 11, 2013 5:41 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 12, 2013 4:56 AM EDT|
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - It's video parents might be happy to see. Daycare workers, learning about the dangers of fires and how to protect your children in case a fire breaks out!
Wink News was on hand for a one-of a kind training that could help save lives.
"Pull, aim, squeeze and sweep..."
One by one a dozen members of the Busy Bee Early Learning Center in Punta Gorda faced the fire.
"It's exhilarating, you're kinda nervous, you know. Are you going to be able to put those flames out," said owner, Cheryl Jones.
The free portable fire extinguisher exercise, provided by the Punta Gorda Fire Department is part of National Fire Prevention Week. "Always make sure you have an exit to your back.
Never attempt to suppress fire without a safe means to escape yourself," said Jennifer Molnar with the Punta Gorda Fire Department.
Jones says with more than 50 children at her center on any given day this training is critical. "Now that I know that everybody in the center has had the training I feel more confident that they will be able to put the fire out in case we would have one," she said.
The units are donated by local businesses and help people learn what to look for in an expired extinguisher.
"Take the unit tip it upside down. If there's movement inside the unit, like water rolling inside, chances are it maybe leaking off and not holding pressure," said Molnar.
For many people, it's the first time they've ever handled a live fire. But as 7-year old Layla Kearns bravely demonstrated, safety can be taught at any age. "I got to put out a real fire!" she said.