Milwaukee Survive Alive House

Fire Education Center

Teacher's Frequently Asked Questions

Milwaukee Public School Teachers:

Is attendance required? 

Yes. The Survive Alive House is a mandatory program for all 2nd and 5th grade MPS students.  

Our faclility is ADA compliant and all special needs students are encouraged to attend, it is at the teachers' discression if the program will be of benefit for a particular student. We are able to make some accommodations for light and sound sensitivity if necessary. Please notify us if you require these services. We want all students to get the most out of their visit.

When will my school and class attend?

Staff at the Survive Alive House schedules all MPS appointments. Typically 5th grade students attend during the first semester and 2nd grade students will attend during second semester. There are of course, some exceptions to the scheduling. 

Montessori Schools are scheduled to attend every other year, 1st thru 3rd grades and 4th thru 6th grades.

Small schools may have 2nd and 5th grade groups scheduled together.

Classrooms with split grades will be accomodated when possible.

If your scheduled date presents a conflict for your group, please contact us as soon as possible to make changes to your appointment.

What about transportation?

Transportation is arranged for all MPS schools by the Survive Alive House. You will receive reminder bus information about one (1)  month before your scheduled visit regarding your bus pick up time. Specialized Care Transportation is the bus company providing standard transportation services and First Student provides for our wheelchair bus needs. 

Why do I need to bring class list?

The Survive Alive House is a MPS facility, attendance to the Survive Alive House is recorded in the student records. The class list ensures that we are posting attendance to the proper student. Also, accurate student counts are needed in the event of an emergency and MPS policy states teachers should have a class list on a field trip. Homeroom class lists with students names and identification numbers work best.  


Private Schools or Groups: 

General Information:

The Survive Alive House is designed to teach 2nd thru 5th grade students fire safety and prevention techniques. Students visit the Survive Alive House for a fire prevention program that lasts approximately 90 minutes. During students’ visit at the Survive Alive House, they have classroom training as well as hands-on practical training.

  • The program is geared towards children in 2nd through 5th grades (ages 7-12). Younger children should not attend.
  • A minimum of 20 and a maximum of 65 students may attend a session. 
  • We operate two (2) programs each school day; one starting at 9:30 am and another starting at 11:30 am.
  • Programs last approximately 90 minutes.  

The program is open to any school or group in the city of Milwaukee, there is no cost to attend the program.

Schools and groups are responsible for providing their own transportation. 

We have limited appointments available during the summer, call or email for availability.

To schedule an appointment, please provide the following information in your call or email: 

  • Name and address of school or organization
  • Contact person name, phone number and email
  • Ages/grade of students attending
  • Number of students attending
  • Any special needs students Survive Alive should be aware of (wheelchairs, sound and light sensitivity, language barriers, physical restrictions, etc)
  • Appointment time preference (if any)
  • Month or days of week you would like to schedule an appointment.


We will return your call or email to arrange an available date for your group. 




Effective February 1, 2011, ALL one and two family buildings including owner occupied buildings will be required to have CO detectors in accordance with Wisconsin's new Carbon Monoxide Detector Law.

Three families and larger buildings in Wisconsin that have attached garages or “fuel burning devices” –gas heat, oil heat, gas dryers, gas stoves etc. had a similar law become effective last April.  

CO detectors must be within 75 feet of all fuel burning device and within 15′ of each bedroom. One is required in the basement if there is a “fuel burning device” down there. They are also required in common hallways spaced no more than 75′.

Battery and plug in units are okay. Mount them on the ceiling or wall.

Please see the links tab   above for more information, CO law links.