Safety: 5 Ways to Learn About Fire Safety

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With cold weather can come more use of the kitchen, candles, and other open-flame sources, and some appliances. The winter season, therefore, can present an opportunity to learn more about fire safety. Consider activities with your kids, such as these suggested, to help build a connection with fire safety practices, with information from the U.S. Fire Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Centers for Disease Control, and more.

  1. Learn about smoke alarms and fire extinguishers: Make sure your kids know what a smoke alarm and fire extinguisher are, and how each is used in conjunction with fire safety. Try a puzzle to find smoke alarms and then see if kids can find all the alarms in their home. Together you can test the smoke alarms to make sure batteries are working and check the expiration dates of the fire extinguishers to ensure your fire safety equipment is up-to-date. Consider doing a home safety checklist, to show your kids how to ensure the residence is safe and emergency-ready.
  2. Practice fire safety in the kitchen: While making a favorite recipe with your kids, consider showing them how to use the stove or oven safely. Trying some seasonal recipes or exploring a new dish provides opportunity for first-hand execution of fire safety in the kitchen.
  3. Try online activities: Get online with your kids, and read about fire safety and then try some games. Build an emergency kit online, discussing what would be needed when having to evacuate home due to a fire. With younger kids, do some fire safety online coloring. Kids can test their fire safety knowledge in an online quiz.
  4. Make a fire safety plan: Let your kids know what to do in a fire. As a family, check out your residence and plan more than one escape route from each room in the house. Older kids can draw a map of the house and outline routes. With younger kids, read about making a fire safety plan, and practice different escape routes together until they feel confident in exiting on their own, and going to a designated meeting place.
  5. Take a field trip: Contact your local firehouse and see if you can arrange a visit for your kids. Ask your kids ahead of time what questions they may have about fire safety.

These and other resources are just a few suggestions to help your kids understand the importance of fire safety.

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Last Modified: 12/01/2015