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Midnight Otter
01-26-2011, 11:10 AM
I was talking about this with my family over the holidays and how I was taught this in school and so were my daughters years later. Now, I'm not belittling the effectiveness of stopping, dropping, and rolling if you are on fire. My question is what happened to make this such a big deal to teach kids. Were there epedemics of kids setting themselves on fire sometime in the past?

Maybe you didn't learn stop, drop, and roll in school? Maybe an Oklahoma thing? Maybe a lot of our kids were running around on fire?

Discuss.

Kevin Seitzer
01-26-2011, 12:08 PM
I learned stop, drop, and roll in school, but that was in Oklahoma, so I'm not exactly giving you a helpful data point here.

In the Corn
01-26-2011, 12:15 PM
Learned it as a kid in Minnesota. I also remember the AD Council's campaign with Dick Van Dyke. Don't know why it was so highly publicized, but it is a simple thing to remember and every kid seems to remember it.

billbuckner
01-26-2011, 12:41 PM
Did you really need to learn to stop before you drop? Drop and Roll is good enough. I think they just added the stop part because it makes the phrase more catchy.

schlesinj
01-26-2011, 12:46 PM
My son, who is in preschool, was taught stop, drop and roll when they had the local fire company visited the school.

Is this a religious thread?

Midnight Otter
01-26-2011, 01:00 PM
Did you really need to learn to stop before you drop? Drop and Roll is good enough. I think they just added the stop part because it makes the phrase more catchy.

With this reasoning, do you need to be told to Drop before you Roll? Couldn't the whole thing just be: Roll!

Midnight Otter
01-26-2011, 01:00 PM
My son who is in preschool was taught stop, drop and roll when they had the local fire company come visit the school.

Is this a religious thread?

Yes, a trick one.

billbuckner
01-26-2011, 01:03 PM
With this reasoning, do you need to be told to Drop before you Roll? Couldn't the whole thing just be: Roll!

Roll! would be a good name for a band

TranaGreg
01-26-2011, 01:36 PM
I was talking about this with my family over the holidays and how I was taught this in school and so were my daughters years later. Now, I'm not belittling the effectiveness of stopping, dropping, and rolling if you are on fire. My question is what happened to make this such a big deal to teach kids. Were there epedemics of kids setting themselves on fire sometime in the past?

Maybe you didn't learn stop, drop, and roll in school? Maybe an Oklahoma thing? Maybe a lot of our kids were running around on fire?

Discuss.

Fires, esp. home fires, are much less common than they used to be thanks to improved safety measures in all areas ... though if I had to attribute it to one single thing I'd bet on building codes being updated to require fully grounded outlets & switches.

Bob Kohm
01-26-2011, 01:49 PM
Taught it in NYC in the '70s and my kids learned it in school here in VA over the past few years.

Gregg
01-26-2011, 04:25 PM
I sent my kids to Oklahoma for the training. They wanted to leave out the stop part here in Illinois.

I also think we made laws preventing the manufacture of flamable pajamas since we were kids.

Flamable Pajamas would be a good name for a rock group.

Grinch
01-27-2011, 11:39 PM
Fires, esp. home fires, are much less common than they used to be thanks to improved safety measures in all areas ... though if I had to attribute it to one single thing I'd bet on building codes being updated to require fully grounded outlets & switches.

Also the use of smoke detectors. Huge decrease in residential fire damage since their inception.