PUBLISHED: 4:40 PM on Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Safety tips for the classroom
Today is the first day of school and amidst the class room assignments, school supply check list and getting to know your students, there is also the realization that these precious kids belong to a family that loves them and is trusting that their child will be safe while away from home.

So here are some simple safety tips for all our wonderful teachers, to ensure a great and safe school year.

Make sure you have a small first aid kit readily assessable for those surprise bloody noses, scraped knees and teeth that are ready for tooth fairy pick up.

A fanny pack first aid kit is great to grab and take along during those walking field trips and during playground duty.

Make sure that you familiarize yourself with your school's evacuation and emergency preparedness plan.

There should be two exits from each room and having a fire extinguisher offers an extra level of protection.

Practice makes perfect, so have your kids practice lining up to get out of the building.

Remember, it should only take two minutes to get everyone to safety in the event of fire or other emergency.

Have the kids buddy up with the person in front and back of them; it will be easier for the youngest of your students to remember where and who they should be with in line.

Keep a master list of student names and emergency numbers at each exit in your classroom; you will be able to grab this easily and make sure everyone is accounted for.

Don't forget about earthquake drills. In the event of a quake students should drop, cover and hold on.

Have your student's practice getting under their desk or sturdy table and holding on.

If a student is not near a desk or table, they can stand against an inside wall but make sure there is nothing that could fall and cause injury such as the classroom clock.

And remember, never run outside or attempt to move around the classroom during an earthquake.

Whether you're practicing for a fire drill or earthquake make it fun and keep it safe. Let kids ask questions to ease their fears. The more they know the calmer they will be in an actual emergency and practice often; kids learn through repetition so lets make our kids grade A at preparedness.

To find out more about disaster preparedness for kids or to have the American Red Cross come a speak to your class on a variety of disaster preparedness topics please contact the Red Cross at 463-5713.

The way you prepare today could help save a life tomorrow.