In honor of Fire Prevention Week, we’ve taken a look at how to teach fire safety to young children. When it comes to adults, it’s easy to use scary figures and facts to get people to follow precautions, but how do you educate 3,4, and 5-year-olds without scaring them?
Little ones are often given instructions like “stop drop and roll,” or handed pages from a coloring book to learn about fire safety. But anyone with young kids knows that the best way to keep them engaged is to play a physical game!
ConsumerSafety.org created a fun “Fireman Says” game that uses the format of Simon Says to teach children how to react in a fire while getting them up and moving. It’s a cute game that can be played with parents or teachers, and the repetition will be sure to stick with them if an emergency ever happens in the home.
Here’s a blog post to give your family a few more ideas about creating fire safety games. It includes a handy fire safety guide, and a free printable of the Consumer Safety Fireman Says game. Too busy to read it? Here are a few quick tips from the post:
- According to the National Fire Protection Association, 2 out of 5 home fires begin in the kitchen. Never leave the kitchen when food is cooking (especially on the burners), and keep a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen.
- Have your chimneys cleaned regularly, and be very careful with portable space heaters. Make sure they are several feet away from drapes, clothing, or anything that could catch fire.
- Are your outlets overloaded? Check the circuit loads of your electrical appliances and devices. You might need to install additional circuits.
What are some other fire safety tips you would add to this list?