Exit Drills In The Home
Cartoon Fun & Memories
Brownielocks and The 3 Bears
The cartoon above makes fun at fire safety directions especially when it comes to hotel instructions. But the truth is, fire is a serious situation and you must know what to do if a crisis happens.
How do I know?
dad was a fireman. Then he became the State Fire Marshall.
All my life I grew up in a home that had a sprinkler system and fire
sensors with an alarm. A huge alarm that was a brass bell.
It was located outside my bedroom door. So when I got older
and stayed out too late, my dad would turn off the sprinkler
system, put a match to the alarm to set it off to get me up!
Every year we had our annual E.D.I.T.H. fire escape drill. I lived in a modest, middle-class, two-story house, so this meant having to go down a metal chain ladder. It wasn't easy because it moved a lot. Somehow, word always got around the neighborhood when we were having our fire drills. I was so embarrassed I wasn't the source!
all the kids would come to watch and some even wanted to go down the
ladder too. It got to be an annual neighborhood event.
Embarrassing for me (because it was MY bedroom that got used as the
escape room) when young but now it's a joke with friends who say,
And that's the reason for EDITH. To get you to remember what to do in case something happens. I feel now that "Actions teach greater than words." And that kids remember because they DID IT more than if they READ IT.
I was fortunate because all those drills were just embarrassing annual family events and never really had to be put into real practice. But the memories are there for me and for a lot of kids in my neighborhood to this day.
So have an EDITH party!
For more information on how to set up an EDITH practice go to
It has a great page on EDITH as well as other information on teaching kids and babysitters fire safety in your home.
Go back to:
Title "When The Smoke Gets In Your Eyes."
Words by Otto Harbach and Music by Jerome Kern
Below are the lyrics if you want to sing along.
They asked me how I knew
my true love was true
I of course replied,
"something here inside cannot be denied."
They said "someday you'll find
all who love are blind."
When your heart's on fire,
you must realize smoke gets in your eyes.
So I *chaffed* them and I gaily laughed
to think they could doubt my love
Yet today my love has flown away, I am without my love.
Now laughing friends deride tears
I cannot hide
So I smile and say "when a lovely flame dies,
smoke gets in your eyes"
(smoke gets in your eyes, smoke gets in your eyes)
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