Fire Safety Tips and Activities for Kids
The classroom is a great place to help kids learn the importance of fire safety and how they can be proactive in practicing fire safety in their own homes. As a room parent, you may be called upon to lead instruction on fire safety or engage kids in fire safety classroom activities. Here are some top tips and resources for making your classroom one of knowledgeable little firefighters!
1. Kids should know their family escape plan! Have students draw a picture of their house and yard, with two tracks for escape in case of fire. Encourage them to go home and both discuss the routes with their family as well as designate a meeting place and practice!
2. Show kids what a smoke detector looks like and stress the importance of having a working smoke detector (and fire extinguisher) in the house (one per level and batteries replaced every year).
3. Top fire safety DON’Ts include:
- Don’t play with matches or lighters
- Don’t mess with electrical chords
- Don’t touch or go near a hot stove or burning candles
- Don’t put anything over a lamp
4. Stop, Drop and Roll! Three important words kids will remember and carry with them their whole lives. If you ever catch on fire, stop immediately, drop to the ground, cover your mouth and face, and roll until the flames are out.
5. Resources: PBSKids brings us fire safety tips from Arthur, the US Fire Administration has great talking points when discussing fire safety with kids, and Sparky.org has a great fire safety inspection check list.