How to Teach Your Child about Fire Safety the Fun Way
Fire safety might seem like a scary topic to teach the children, but it doesn’t have to be. Our staff at Mt. Elizabeth Academy knows that the key to teaching the kids about fire safety is to make sure they don’t get scared. Helping them understand the different ways of escaping safely in a fun and interactive way aids the learning process.
To help the parents enforce these fire safety teachings, we highlight some activities they can do with their kids.
Identify the Exit Signs
Whichever building you take your kids to, like a daycare center, shopping malls, restaurants, and even your apartment building, make it a game to hunt for all the exit or fire escape signs. If possible, switch the lights off in a corridor to show them how the sign stays lit and explain why that is important.
The Meeting Spot
Have a brainstorming session with the kids about what spot they should go to if a building or the house is on fire. Explain to them what a good meeting spot would be if they get separated from you, their siblings, friends, or teachers.
Make it a practice to figure out a meeting spot outside a building you are heading to. This will help instill a habit of figuring out a safe meeting spot to run wherever they go in case of an emergency.
Practice Using Escape Ladders
Children should know how to use escape ladders. Create a scenario for them where they form an evacuation plan and then follow the steps. Make sure they practice a few times, so they understand the right way of using it.
Stop, Drop & Roll
The stop, drop & roll can be a fun game to teach your children an important lesson on what to do in case of a fire. Sound an alarm and then encourage the kids to practice these steps. Be sure to explain why each step is important and how it can help them.
Use fake phones to help them teach how to call for help. Pretend to be the operator and ask questions so that they know what to expect. They must memorize a few emergency numbers to call, including 911 or any emergency number in your area, your number, and another family member’s or friend’s number who can come to their help.
They should also have their home address memorized. The easiest way of helping kids remember these important numbers and addresses is to convert them into a song!
Kids don’t often understand the risk and dangers of fire, which is why daycare providers, school teachers, and parents must make sure they know what to do in case of an emergency. Our staff teaches all the students about the fire escape plan and helps them practice to ensure everyone is safe. Our daycare offers after-school programs, vacation camp, pre-K, and other early learning activities for families in Acworth, Marietta, Kennesaw, and other areas. Get in touch with us today for more information.