Stan Safety the Magical Fireman leads the kindergartners at Steenland Elementary School on a special mission to teach them about fire safety.

Stan Safety the Magical Fireman leads the kindergartners at Steenland Elementary School on a special mission to teach them about fire safety.

Photo provided by Joe Genest


Stan Safety gets magical to teach kids about fire safety

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 24, 2018

 Stan Safety the Magical Fireman gets some help from kindergartner David Teare with a magic trick to teach Teare and his classmates about what to do in the event of a fire.

Stan Safety the Magical Fireman gets some help from kindergartner David Teare with a magic trick to teach Teare and his classmates about what to do in the event of a fire.

Photo provided by Joe Genest

ROSEVILLE — Recently, several Steenland Elementary students learned all about fire safety through a magical demonstration from the one and only Stan Safety the Magical Fireman.

Stan Safety the Magical Fireman, known as William Schneider to his friends, stopped by Steenland Elementary Oct. 15 to teach the kindergartners about fire safety through education, demonstrations and a little bit of magic.

“I’m joining up with the Roseville Fire Department today,” said Stan. “I make fire safety fun, and not something scary for young kids. It can just be about having fun and learning.”

Stan entertained the students with some of his favorite magic tricks while using his performance to tell them how to stay safe in the event of a fire, and how to prevent fires

He said he has been doing shows like this one for 18 years. He now performs about 225 shows annually in schools and fire stations all over Michigan.

The Roseville Fire Department reached out to Stan after department members saw how effective he was at reaching young kids about fire safety.

“Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 7-13, but we like to take the month to teach people about fire safety. Fire safety really is a year-round effort,” said Lt. William Ciner, of the Roseville Fire Department. “I’ve seen Stan’s stuff, and the way he relates to kids, at other places before. It’s a fun way to learn. I have kids, and I know when they are excited about something, they will come home and talk to their parents about it.”

As part of the program, Stan gave all the kids a fire safety checklist that they can go through with their parents to help make sure they are doing all they can to prevent fires, and that everyone in the home knows what to do if there ever is a fire.

Stan said teaching children about fire safety at a young age is important, as it can help keep children from doing things that put them in danger, and so they know what to do at as young an age as possible if they do encounter a fire.

“There’s a gap in fire safety for young kids. I want to teach them that firefighters are their friends,” he explained. “I also want to tell them some other basic fire safety lessons, like to never play with lighters or start fires; how to stop, drop and roll; and that if there’s a fire, to ‘not hide, go outside.’” 

Ciner said that fire safety is more important than ever. He said many people don’t realize that more items in homes are commonly being made out of synthetic materials, and those items catch fire far faster.

“There’s been a 23 percent increase in fire deaths statewide this year compared to this time last year, according to the state fire marshall,” said Ciner. “As of today (Oct. 15), there were at least 68 fatal fires in Michigan, and at least 91 deaths in 2018.”

The Roseville community has seen several fatal fires.

“We’ve had five fatal fires in our community in the last year,” said Ciner. “In at least three of those five, we know there weren’t working smoke detectors in the home. We want to get the word out that these things save lives.”

Stan and Ciner shared some tips of particular note with the weather beginning to get cold.

“Every house should have an escape route and a plan to meet after,” Ciner said. “We also want to tell people not to leave space heaters unattended, use them while they are asleep or putting them near items that could burn. The same goes for when you are cooking things in the kitchen. … Heaters also should be plugged directly into the wall and not a power strip or adapter.”

Ciner stressed that the Roseville Fire Department, and many other fire and public safety departments, will help residents keep their homes fire safe for no cost.

“We will come out and do a house fire safety inspection for free,” said Ciner. “We’ll even install smoke detectors for you.”

Those wishing to contact the Roseville Fire Department for these services can contact Ciner by email at wciner@roseville-mi.gov or by calling (586) 445-5458.