EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- All this week firefighters are making sure your kids have the tools to get out of a burning house.
As part of national Fire Prevention Week Eau Claire firefighters have been talking to students about staying safe in the kitchen.
Firefighters say around 15 minutes of learning in the fire safety house can translate into lives saved.
This year crews stressed staying safe in the kitchen, and they say they hope students take the skills they learned home to share with their parents.
“Over this last year we have had at least three to four kitchen fires where there has been significant damage,” Eau Claire Fire Inspector Mike Laska said.
Laska says inattentive cooking is the leading cause of house fires and that's why getting the word out to students at a young age is so important.
“I would have never thought of some of these things here,” Bethel Christian school student Elias Nemec said.
“Kids have minds like steel traps and they'll go home and tell their parents if they see something wrong in the house that we talked about today,” Laska said.
At the end of the day there is one important thing firefighters want to stress to all families when it comes to making sure everyone stays safe.
“We always try to instill in the kids to have a meeting place so that everyone is accounted for when the fire crews show up,” Laska said.
And just like in the classroom, kids were given homework to do.
“We want them to encourage parents to check your smoke detectors make sure they work,” Laska said.