When it comes to fire safety, younger children need to be taught differently, based on their ways of thinking. Unsurprisingly, many children are fascinated with fire, and providing a fire safety lesson a must. Here are a few points to include in your lesson:
Teach kids never to play with matches, lighters or fireworks/sparklers: These things must always be supervised by an adult. It is important they know playing with these items can be dangerous and cause devastating loss to property and even people.
Make them aware of fire alarms: By pushing the “test” button on your fire alarm, your children will be aware of what your home’s fire alarm sounds like, and how to respond to one when there’s really a fire. Teach them to get low and get out. A child who is coached properly ahead of time will have a better chance to be safe.
Create a family plan: Practice drills with your children and help them remember what to do as a family if there were to ever be a fire, such as holding hands with the closest person they can find and getting out, and finding the meeting spot once outside of the home.
Stop, Drop & Roll: Everyone in the home, including children should know how to stop, drop, and roll.
Take a trip to your local fire station: After you call ahead, you can take your children to the fire station, where workers would be more than happy to have a chat with your children about the importance of fire safety. You may even come out with an aspiring fire fighter on your hands!
These are just five of many points to include in your fire safety lesson. And remember, this isn’t just one conversation. In order to properly prepare your children for a fire, you must speak with them on several occasions and include the lessons you teach them in everyday life. For more ideas on teaching your kids about fire safety, click here.
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