Teach Fire Safety to Your Children
Edited by Robbi, Anonymous, Jonathan, Eng
Home safety is important to all members of the family. It is a little harder to teach to small children. While it can be difficult to teach concepts like fire safety to young children, it is imperative that they learn.
While it is vital they understand the basics, you want to approach it in a way that is instructional rather than frightening. One way to accomplish this is by making it fun to learn about fire safety.
Basic Concepts That You Need to Teach to Small Children
There are some things that must be taught, no matter how you get the point across to your children in a fun or interesting way.
- 1Fire is a tool but it is also something that is dangerous.Advertisement
- 2In their own small way, children should be taught to remind adults to extract from the electrical outlet the sockets of the following appliances very prone to fire:iron, bread toaster, electric gas range, electric oven.Advertisement
- 3There are some things that should not be touched by little fingers.Those things are matches and things that are flammable.
- 4Cords which are dangling or clothing near lamps and other items can cause fires.If you see something like this, it is important that you tell an adult.
- 5Firefighters are there to protect them.Sometimes they wear clothes that can look scary, but they are breathing through the masks and wearing those clothes so that they can help you to get out of the fire.
- 6Know what the fire alarm sounds like and know what it means - Get out of the house when you hear the fire alarm.
- 7Never hide from the fire.Stay in your room or get out if you can but do not hide under a bed or in a closet.
- 8Sleep with your bedroom door closed to keep the fire from spreading into your room.
- 9Before you open a door, take the back of your hand, not your palm and lay it close to the door.If the door is hot, do not open it.
Ways to Teach Fire Safety to Your Kids
- 1Set up a reward system for finding and turning in matches and lighters.Small children are curious creatures and will play with these objects, but if they are rewarded for turning them in, they are less likely to hoard them under the bed.Advertisement
- 2Set up and practice a fire exit strategy with the entire family.Your escape route should be the most direct line to the outdoors with one alternate in case the main avenue is blocked. Choose a location outside the home for a designated meeting spot.
- 3While practicing your escape route you have an opportune time to teach children how to crawl along the floor.During a fire, smoke inhalation is the number one cause of death and since smoke rises, staying low to the ground is best.
- 4When you install your smoke detectors, which should be on every level of your home, take the opportunity to teach your children what the smoke detector sounds like and what the appropriate response should be.
- 5Children love to color and complete activity sheets, so why not incorporate them into your fire safety plan.You will find plenty of printable fire safety sheets online. Mazes, coloring pages and other activities are fun ways to teach even young children about fire hazards and safety techniques.
- 6Kids often play with fire because they do not understand it.Take them outside and teach them the proper use of fire and its dangers. Build a small fire in a fire pit, then demonstrate how quickly fire "gulps" different materials such as paper, clothing, sticks and other flammable objects.
- 7Parents always have the best interests of their children in mind, which is why they are often taught stranger danger from a very early age.Avoidance of strangers is good, unless it is a fire fighter trying to rescue the family. Teach children to never hide from firefighters.
- 8Your children have to understand that the best way they can be safe is by getting far away from the fire, rather than trying to combat it.This is a problem you will likely need to address with older children and teens. Fire extinguishers are good, but they should only be used by adults or firefighters, instruct your children to always, always, always exit a burning building.
- 9Once you have exited a burning home or building it is important to stay out!This can be difficult for children who might try to rescue the family pet or favorite toy. Stress how vitally important it is to remain at the designated meeting spot.
- 10No one wants to consider that their child could catch on fire, but it is better to address the possibility by teaching them what to do than suffer the consequences.Advertisement
Remember Stop, Drop and Roll!
Teaching Fire Safety to Kids Saves Lives
- Fire safety is a vitally important topic of conversation in any family, but particularly those with small children. Unfortunately, 15% of fire deaths are children age 0-14.
- Many people avoid the subject to prevent frightening their children. Using tools such as coloring pages and other things, you can teach it without unduly scaring your kids but it is imperative to teach it.
- In addition to teaching your children how to escape a fire, you should also talk about how fires start and why we do not throw clothing on lamps, heaters and outlets. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.