Lets Teach Our Kids

Fire safety does not necessarily need to be a serious or scary topic for kids.
The key is for the kids to learn how to escape from a fire safety; not to become scared of being in a fire. By tailoring activities and lessons to the age of the child, lessons can still be taught...while kids have fun in the process. Here are some fun activity ideas that child care providers, parents and teachers alike can utilize to get the safety message across while still having fun in the process.

1. Field Trip Time
Since kids are sometimes frightened by fire fighters and may even hide from them (as some do to any individual in uniform), adults can plan a special trip to take them to a fire station and introduce them to uniformed fire fighters. Call the station and schedule an appointment in advance, so that staff can be on hand to spend special time with the children. Of course, plans could change if a fire call takes them away from the station.
2. Create Your Own Fire Safety Poster Contest
Establish a fire safety poster contest at daycare, school, or at home. Ask children to create a safety picture of kids doing the right thing in escaping from a fire. Display the posters and talk about them.




      Fire Safety Parents

Fire Safety For Parents

1.) Have a meeting place identified.
2.) Do home fire drills.
3.) Have emergency numbers posted.
4.) Do regular smoke detector checks
5.) Keep it simple. Children learn when the rules are straight forward and easy to remember. If you have pre-schoolers, you may want to introduce just one or two of the rules at a time.
6.) Use teachable moments. Reinforce your discussions about fire safety whenever the topic arises -- for example, when there is a fire in the news or in a book, or when you see a fire, ask your children what they would do if they were in that situation.
7.) Do it. Don't just say it! Children learn by doing and by following your example. Make a game of practicing a fast escape from each room in your house, especially at night when most deadly fires occur.
8.) Know two ways out. Use a stopwatch and wait until everyone has gathered at your family's designated meeting place before you stop the timer. Work together to set a family record.
9.) Repeat yourself. Children need to hear and do things over and over before they remember them. Practice your family's escape plan 4 times every year.
10.) Don't scare small children with too much responsibility.In a dangerous situation, it's normal for 3-6 year olds to forget things they've learned. Make a game of practicing fire safety do they become very comfortable with all of the rules. Remind them to never hide. Go outside.
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