The week surrounding October 9th is commonly known as Fire Prevention week. Check out the suggestions we listed to see which ways are very effective in reaching young people on this life-saving topic!
Sing. Many songs, particularly for the younger ones, will make a lasting impression on your students. Choosing songs and/or finger-plays with familiar melodies helps them remember what to do in an emergency. Songs teach them to Stop, Drop, and Roll if their clothes catch fire, give an adult the Matches if they find one, and to get out if they smell smoke! Dancing and movement is a bonus in this department!
Plan. Part of being safe in a fire is having something to go by when an emergency happens. Students need to know what to do should a fire break out or an odd smell is present. Point out the ones you have around the school and encourage your kids to look for them wherever they go. Have them make one of their own (some will need a parent’s help) and then post it in a few places around their home.
Practice. By now, your school may have already had its first fire drill. Give children the run-down in advance and practice to increase their confidence during this time. Especially for younger children, the alarms may seem scary, but as long as the children and adults are calm and aware, they can ensure that everyone gets out safely in a practice or an actual fire.
Pretend. Get some kid firefighter gear, make a few faux fires, build some buildings and let the children be creative in making decisions very similar to trained firefighters. Have a firefighter or two visit the room. Try on the uniform and go inside the various trucks. This kind of dramatic play gets them thinking as firefighters would, where seconds count and make the difference in the scene that’s being processed.
What ways are you planning on sharing your tips for Fire Prevention Week? I’d love to hear them!