Michael Hazell

An attempt to shatter the world record for "Stop, Drop and Roll"

Blog Post created by Michael Hazell Employee on Aug 23, 2011

Stop Drop and Roll 
Photo: Andrea Melendez/The Register

During a special event at the Iowa State Fair this past Sunday, there was an attempt to set a record for the most people simultaneously performing "Stop, Drop, and Roll". And according to a report in the Des Moines Register, the attempt unofficially exceeded the current world record by almost 1,000 participants.

According to the paper, people stopped along the Grand Concourse as they watched 1,519 fairgoers stop, drop and roll. The State Fire Marshal’s office sponsored the event to celebrate its 100th anniversary and promote fire safety education. The paper reported that back in 2003, the Bedford (IN) Fire Department set the world record for the most people stopping, dropping and rolling at 602.

As you may know, "Stop, Drop, and Roll" is the process you should follow if your clothes catch on fire. Here's the official word from NFPA:

  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll. Stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands. Roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out.
  • If you cannot stop, drop, and roll, keep a fire-retardant blanket nearby to help you or others smother flames. Cover the person with a blanket to smother the fire. If you use a wheelchair, scooter, or other device and are able to get to the floor, lock the device first to stay in place before getting on the floor to roll until the flames are out.
  • Use cool water to treat the burn immediately for 3 to 5 minutes. Cover with a clean, dry cloth. Get medical help right away.

http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef015434bba3c7970c-piEscapehttp://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef015434bba3c7970c-pi As part of this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, we've got lots of information designed specifically for kids and families.

We've even got some free materials you can download from our site, including an escape grid and detailed instructions on how to make a home fire escape plan.

Drop us a comment if you find these materials helpful!

- Mike Hazell

PS: What's the most number of people you've ever seen "Stop, Drop and Roll" at the same time?

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