All four classes of West Liberty-Salem kindergartners learned to avoid accidental burn and scald injuries in the home today thanks to an injury prevention program provided by volunteer EMTs of the Macochee Joint Ambulance District. The students were also given an opportunity to tour one of the Macochee EMS ambulances and ask questions of the EMTs.
The “I Spot Something Hot” program is an injury prevention initiative sponsored by the National SafeKids Coalition that has been adopted by the Macochee Joint Ambulance District as a part of its community risk reduction effort. The program aims to educate children aged 4-6 years to avoid common causes of burn and scald injuries in the home, such as space heaters, stoves and ovens, and hot tap water. Burn injury prevention was selected as the topic for this program because the risk of burn injuries among children tends to increase as the weather grows colder.
The children viewed the “I Spot Something Hot” DVD, completed activities in an accompanying workbook, and were given a tour of one of the Macochee EMS ambulances. All materials for the presentation were provided to Macochee EMS free of charge by the National SafeKids Coalition. The program was presented to each of the kindergarten classes by volunteer EMTs Monte Hartzler and Jeremy Keller (who is also a nationally-certified Public Fire and Life Safety Educator).