Play like you practice works for emergencies, too

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  • JoeDougherty DEM Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    @One old man

    Thanks for your comment. One thing we're striving to get people to remember is that the drop, cover and hold on method will protect people from falling objects, as well. The girl is well protected from anything that will fall on her, and that table is solid wood. Even if it tips over, she's small enough that it won't land on her.

    Thanks for all of your efforts to teach safe practices. You didn't fail.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 6, 2012 9:30 a.m.

    Actually the position shown in the photo is WRONG! If the roof comes in and the table is pressed downward on the little girl, she will die in agony from suffocation along with terrible pain as her back is broken. (Try assuming that position and then have someone press down on your shoulders to see what I'm talking about. I guarantee they won't have to press hard or very long to have you crying for mercy.)

    Firefighters are taught to lie on their side in a fetal position if caught in a structural collapse. The body is stronger in that position, and although you might still be killed, it won't be as bad a way to go -- hopefully.

    As a teacher and volunteer firefighter, I fought for years to get the state and our schools to change what is taught in cases like this. I failed. Hopefully, someone in a place of some power will see this and consider it.