Students Get Safety Tips

Thirty seconds is about all the time students have to flee their homes before a fire reaches a deadly temperature. These were the facts Hawthorn Middle School North students learned when the Countryside Fire Protection District sprinkler trailer demonstrated how hot a fire needed to get before sprinklers were activated.

Sprinklers are typically activated at 155 degrees, said Tony Rodkey, a public education coordinator with the fire district, stationed in Vernon Hills. Since most homes have no sprinklers, sixth grade students that viewed the demonstration calculated that sprinklers go off between 17 seconds and 34 seconds, which means a fire is so hot at that time that it could do serious damage to an individual, Officer Rodkey said.