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4 Fire Safety Tips for Kids

4/26/2023 (Permalink)

4 Fire Safety Tips for Kids

Worksheets, activities, and lessons to teach your kids about fire safety and prevention.

1. Go to a firefighter in an emergency. Young children may be scared when they see a firefighter in full gear. Explain to children

  • What firefighters wear and why.
  • How a firefighter can help if there is a fire.

Contact your local fire station to arrange a tour. The children can learn about the equipment and become familiar with what firefighters look like and what they do.

2. Crawl low under smoke.

  • Tell children that some fires make lots of smoke, which is dangerous to breathe.
  • Show them how to respond when a room fills with smoke: get on your hands and knees, keep your head up, and crawl outside.
  • Ask children to practice with you. Lead them in, crawling across the room with their heads up. 

3. Stop, drop, and roll. When children’s clothes catch fire, their first reaction may be to run. This can make the fire spread faster. Show children the safest way to respond:  

  • Stop, cover your face, get down on the ground, and roll from side to side until you smother the fire.
  • Ask children to practice with you a few times and then split them into pairs. Children can take turns demonstrating to their partners. 

4. Tell a grown-up. Emphasize to children that match and lighters are tools that only adults use.

  • Tell children that they should not play with or even touch these materials.
  • Explain that they should tell a grown-up immediately if they find a match or lighter.
  • Role-play with children in small groups about what to do when they find these materials.

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