Understanding basic fire safety is just as important to children as it is to adults. But it can be much harder to engage children in the fundamentals of fire safety than it is for adults. How do you teach fire safety to children? Like with so much else, the simplest solution is usually the most enjoyable: fun. Here are a few fun fire safety activities for children. Whether you’re a schoolteacher or a parent, consider trying some of these out.
Practice Stop, Drop, and Roll
If there’s one piece of fire safety information that tends to stick easily in the minds of easy, it’s the importance of stop, drop, and roll. This is probably because of the physical component that children tend to enjoy.
If you can get your children to physically practice stop, drop, and rolls, it’s not something they’re likely to forget. There’s an abundance of ideas online about turning this into a game (like this one). A quick search on the web can turn up some songs that children would enjoy dancing to, helping enforce this important fire safety tip.
One of the best ways to teach fire safety for children is by bringing them on a field trip that they remember. Your local fire station may host regular events for neighborhood children, or may be open to an appointment. Just give them a call or check out their website to see what kinds of services they offer.
In our area, we’re lucky to have The Fire Museum of Maryland on York Road in Lutherville. They host a wide variety of activities geared toward children. This is a popular field trip destination in the area for kids and adults alike!
Do Fire Drills at Home
Fire drills are already an established routine in schools. But these days, kids are spending more time at home forever. This is a great opportunity to practice fire drills in a residential environment. After all, house fires are all too common.
If you have more than one child, here’s a good idea to get them engaged in fire drills at home. Once a week or however often you see fit, instruct one of them to ring a bell or other alarm at a random point in the day. Treat this sound as your fire alarm. Members of the household will have the opportunity to practice calm and collected evacuations from your home wherever they are in the house.
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