Many families talk with their children about fire and may even practice a home fire escape plan. But as an educator who spends a great deal of time with young children, lessons should be incorporated to teach fire safety to all students. That would include teaching the Stop, Drop, Roll technique, familiarizing children with the sound of the schools’ alarm as well as with home smoke alarms, and show children how to crawl on the floor, below the smoke, to get out of the building.
One of the most important things you can do is allow children to meet firefighters in full gear. If children become comfortable with the fire fighter’s mask, helmet and equipment, they will be less likely to hide from a fire fighter in the event of a fire.
Many local fire companies are happy to visit early learning programs or host a visit to their fire station. Consider giving them a call to see if they can help support your fire safety education plan.
In addition, Focus on Fire Safety offers helpful tips for teaching young children about fire safety. On the site you can also find a downloadable fire safety poster.
Take fire safety seriously and the children in your care will too.
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