MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach Fire Department is launching the "Know Your Address" campaign along with National Fire Prevention Week, and it's starting at Myrtle Beach Primary.
When dispatchers get a 911 call, they have to know exactly where to send firefighters. It's one of the most important details, but when it comes to your children being in an emergency situation, they may not know what to say.
The Myrtle Beach Fire Department is working with schools to start this new program to get your children more familiar with their home address. Public information Officer Lieutenant Christian Sliker is talking with students all week long about emergencies, and the importance of knowing their exact address.
He says this is crucial information every child should know.
"This doesn't have to be just for the children or a fire emergency," explained Sliker. "If a parent has a medical issue and they aren't able to get to the phone the child will be able to give the address. This is just one more step to make sure they're safe in their house."
The fire department will check back with children at the end of the year to see what they learned. Kids do have an incentive, since the program partnered with the local Chick-Fil-A restaurant off Mr. Joe White Avenue in Myrtle Beach. If children are able to recite their own address to a Chick-Fil-A employee, then they get a free ice cream cone.