Important lessons to teach in childhood fire safety

Fire Prevention Week is in early October, and new students across the country will be learning the importance of fire safety and fire prevention. Whether you are in your own classroom or teaching your children at home, it is important to teach your children how to prevent fires and what to do in the event of an unexpected fire. Under each concept we have added simple ways to make the lesson memorable for children. Often, the more we practice Fire Watch Services in a calm environment, the better equipped our children are in handling emergencies.


1) Keep your hands free of matches, lighting, or other items related to fire. Ask an adult for help if you need to light a candle or heat something. Use torches in the dark if necessary instead of candles, unless supervised by an adult. Keep it in mind: Bring safe objects that you can touch and items that are unsafe to touch. Use pictures instead of objects if you like. As a group talk about each obect and separate the safe ones to contact and the unsafe ones to contact. 2) It is fun to roast marshmallows, cook hotdogs, and sit around a campfire, but always make sure you stay at least that distance when you are sitting by the fire or cooking a sauce. Make it a point: Make a campfire fire, and practice staying away from arm length. This is a great place to add to a toddler camp or summer theme, too. 3) If your clothes are on fire remember to STOP, EAT AND BREAK as it will remove the oxygen that keeps the fire burning. Make it a point to remember: We usually take the time to talk STOP, DOWN, and ROLL, but the idea will stick to the kids better if you give them a chance to practice. Make it fun by singing a little song like you do!

4) If there is a fire in the house or at school, go to the nearest exit and wait for your whole group in a safe place outside. If the door is hot, NEVER enter it. If you are on the floor try the window instead, or wait for help as far away from the door as possible. Make it memorable: Draw a class or a family map that shows where you should go when it burns. Take time to get acquainted. 5) NEVER go back inside the burning building! Make sure you or an adult call 911, and Fire Watch Guards will be available immediately to help put out the fire using water and other types of fire extinguishers depending on the type of fire. Keep in mind: Use a fake phone to get used to dialing 911. Also, make sure you mention only the times that children are allowed to dial 911.

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