Next week starts Fire Safety week here at Firefighter Wife.
This is such an important topic that we are dedicating our Family Quality Time Friday completely to it! We are going to share what firefighters teach kids at school about Fire Safety, and the key points to making a Fire Escape Plan.
My Mister teaches Fire Safety at the local schools. Who better than to ask what to tell your kids about Fire Safety right? Here is what Micah, my awesome FF said:
- The first thing they teach the kids, is that Firefighters are friends. Our kids have a unique perspective, knowing that. Yet seeing a firefighter, come at you in a dark, smoke filled room, can be scary. If you haven’t yet, show your kids what you look like with full, clean, gear on, including your mask.
- Fire Starters- Next, he shows them lighters, and matches, and explains they are tools or adults only. He also shows many kinds of them, that way they know that some lighters look like toys. Here is a funny song I found to help:
Never Play With Matches (Tune: Frere Jacques )
Never, never play with matches. If you do, if you do, You might burn your fingers, You might burn your fingers,
That won’t do! That won’t do!
Never, never play with matches. If you do, if you do, You might burn your clothes, You might burn your clothes,
That won’t do! That won’t do!
- Fire Alarms- Setting your fire alarm to go off so your kids can hear will help them recognize the sound in case of an emergency. He likes to start fire drills at home with them.
- Get Below The Smoke- Crawl OUT. Here is a little song that will help:
If you don’t want to choke
Crawl under the smoke.
Get down on the floor
And head for the door
- Fire Finds- NEVER HIDE FROM FIRE! They go over, and over, and over this. Fire can take over an entire house in under five minutes. They tell the kids, they have to get out, and fast! They make sure they understand before they leave that people who hide from fires, die in fires. They aren’t trying to scare the kids, but they need to portray the seriousness of the situation. As soon as you hear that alarm, you get to the floor and find a way out. NEVER HIDE!
- Test For Door Knobs that are hot. If they are hot then fire is on the other side of the door.
- Be Prepared With An Escape Plan. Have an escape planned out with to different escape routes. They even teach them about breaking out windows. Teach them the safe way to do it, with a very heavy object and to clear it from broken pieces that will be left, a chair, a baseball bat, a big rock, a metal lamp. Look around your room to see what it would be. Any screen window can be kicked out from the inside. The more you educate the better they will be in the face of danger. Make sure they understand where your meeting place is and to stay there!
- PRACTICE- Practice them at least once a month, especially when they are little. Then after a few times, have them do it blindfolded. Because if it ever happens, it will like they are blindfolded, the smoke is so dark.
- Do Not Sugar Coat It! This is serious stuff. Be age appropriate, but don’t sugar coat it. Fire IS scary. It IS deadly. You can replace your teddy, but we can’t replace you. We never ever stop for material things.
Here is some fun at home you can do with your kids to really make this lesson stick.
Sparky The Dog is a place full of free fun kid activities that promotes fire safety, that is fun to check out! There are games, coloring pieces, sample emergency plans, and lots of activities they even use with the schools.
Here is a free printable we found to use to get you prepared in case of an emergency!
Stay tuned for Craft Master Monday, when we will make our own Fire Escape Plans, Fire Fighter Wife Style! This will be a GREAT way to practice you fire escape plan with your kids.
FQT (Family Quality Time) Fridays and Craft Master Mondays with CAKEGIRL are usually reserved for the Fire Wife Sisterhood of FirefighterWife.com, but for Fire Safety Week, we wanted to share this important information with ALL of our fire family! For more information on what the Sisterhood is and what we offer, visit us here: The Fire Wife Sisterhood.
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