FLINT (WJRT) - (10/3/2017) - Some first graders from Brownell STEM academy ditched the classroom Tuesday morning to learn about fire safety with the Flint Fire Department.
"Smoke alarms are your first line of defense in a house fire because they alert you to the fire to get out safely," said Susan Mckelvey of the National Fire Protection Association.
Experts pointed out the importance of making sure doors and windows are clear, along with having an escape plan and meeting place for family members.
"Homes burn faster today than they ever have," Mckelvey said.
Many newer homes are built with lighter weight materials. Also, many home furnishings are now made with synthetic fibers.
"If you're building a new home or renovating a home, that's a perfect opportunity to install residential sprinkler systems," Mckelvey said.
The prices of in-home sprinkler systems have dropped considerably, according to fire officials.
Tuesday morning's event was put on by Domino's Pizza, the National Fire Protection Association and the Flint Fire Department.
Domino's Pizza will be doing it's part to spread awareness of fire safety in both Bay City and Flint next week. When customers place a delivery order, "If all of the smoke detectors in the home are functioning, their pizza order will actually be free. If they're not functioning, the firefighters will go ahead and change their smoke detectors so they are - so either way it's a win win," said Dani Bulger with Domino's Pizza.
The free pizza promotion will run during the following times:
Oct. 8 and 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Euclid Avenue Domino's in Bay City.
Oct. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the S. Ballenger Highway Domino's in Flint.
Customers will be selected randomly for the promotion when they call.