How to Teach Your Kids about Fire Safety at Home and School
Posted On: Jun 18, 2015

Of the amount of importance we give to fire safety in different areas, perhaps the most crucial area is in our home and in our schools. Moreover, we need to give our kids proper training to react in case of a fire emergency in both these locations because most of their time is spent in either of two locations.

Parents, teachers, and child care providers’ alike need to band together and educate children of all ages about the basics of protecting themselves. In this blog, we are going to discuss a few tips to teaching this crucial topic to our youth.

1.  Planning an Escape Route

Teach your kids to plan two separate ways out of each room they are in. Having an escape route preplanned is a great exercise for the kids. In case of an emergency, your kids will know which direction to escape in.

2.  Windows Aren’t Only For Fresh Air

Ensure that all windows are operational and aren’t stuck closed. Windows are a source of fresh air and kids should be able to identify it as such. Parents should also be aware that the windows of their child’s bedroom is accessible in case of an emergency.

3.  Safety on the Second Floor

Escape ladders must be installed near all second floor windows, and as a parent you must ensure that your children know how to use them if the need arises.

4.  Feeling their Way to a Safe Location

For nighttime emergencies when the house or school goes dark, the children must have developed a sense to navigate through the darkness. To teach this to your kids, play a game where you blindfold the child and place them in their room and classroom and encourage them to find their way out of the school or home.

5.  Use Rhymes That Tell Kid What to Do

School teachers and parents can take a rather popular initiative and create a song that teaches all the fire safety guidelines to the kids. This has proven to be quite an effective method in teaching the kids the basic of fire safety.

6.  A 101 on Smoke Detectors

Educate you kids regarding the purpose of home detectors, why they’re installed, the sounds they make, and how they operate. The earlier your child learns to associate with warning signs of fire, the better their reaction will be.

7.  Once Out, Teach the Kids to Stay Out

Kids always run about looking for their parents when they can’t find them. This might be the case in case of an emergency. Teach you kids to make it a priority to get out of the building, go to the designated safe place, and stay there. They should not venture back to the burning building no matter what.

8.  Stop, Drop, and Roll

This is perhaps the most important thing you can teach your child, what to do if their clothes catch fire. Teach this simple line, “Stop, Drop, and Roll”. Demonstrate this technique to your kids and ensure that they learn it.

Teach your kids the above guidelines to prepare them for fire emergencies. What they learn here will prove to be invaluable for the rest of their lives.

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