In whatever emergency situation, children should be our top priority. That’s why it’s also crucial that they recognize an emergency situation and what to do in each case.

One of the common reasons of fire accidents is children playing with matches, candles or other flammable materials. This goes to show how important we teach our kids about fire safety – how fire happens and why it is dangerous.  

Here are some ideas to help you in promoting fire safety awareness at home, especially with kids.

  1. Sit down with your kids.

Find time every month to sit down and talk to your kids about fire safety. You can discuss different topics like

  • what causes fire
  • how fires start
  • what happens when a fire breaks out
  • what are the dangerous effects of fire
  • what they can do to prevent fire

It is important that children understand the gravity of the situation and what they can do to help. Aside from discussion, you can also do some activities or games to stress your point.

  1. Stop, Drop and Roll

As parents, it’s unacceptable and difficult to imagine a scenario where our children are hurt or burned. However, reality is not something we can dictate. We can only prepare our kids for the worst scenario.

The best way to avoid damage during fire is to Stop, Drop and Roll. Teach your kids this life-saving technique when they come into contact with fire. This maneuver allows the child to control and smother the fire on his or her body without panicking.

Practice this maneuver regularly, especially during fire drills so they can remember it easily. You can also make it into a game so children can better understand.

  1. Smoke Alarms 101

Teach your kids about smoke detectors or smoke alarms and how they work. Explain why the alarm goes off and what kind of sound they make. This helps them recognize what the alarm is for so they can react faster and get out of the house as soon as possible. If you can, do a fire alarm test with the kids.

  1. Show where the exits are.

The first thing kids should do when a fire breaks out is go to the nearest exit. Show them all the possible exits, including windows. They should be able to move around and find the exit even with their eyes closed. Blindfold the kids and ask them to feel their way towards the exit and give them rewards when they reach it. This activity ensures that they are able to find their way around even in the dark or at night.

  1. Teach fire safety using songs.

There are many songs online that teach fire safety for kids. Just search Youtube and choose easy to remember songs. Here’s an example from John Buchanan.

 

Stop, Drop and Roll

 

If your clothes catch on fire

Your clothes catch on fire

Then you stop drop and roll

If your clothes catch on fire

Your clothes catch on fire

Then you stop drop and roll

 

Stop drop and roll

Stop drop and roll

Stop drop and roll

Get your self under control

 

If your clothes catch on fire

Your clothes catch on fire

Then you stop drop and roll

Stop! Drop! And Roll!

 

Fires can happen anytime, anywhere. That’s why it is important for kids to be prepared at all times. Do you know of other tips on how to teach fire safety for kids? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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