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1. Ask students if they have ever wondered what they would do if there was a fire in their home. Stress that it's important to get out fast.
2. Ask students if they know what a home fire escape plan is. Be sure to stress the importance of planning for two ways out in case one means of egress is blocked by fire.
3. Ask students why they think a home fire escape plan is important.
4. Ask students if they have a home fire escape plan and if they practice it regularly with an adult.
5. Escape Maze. Ask students to find two ways out of the escape maze.
6. Escape Plan Diagrams.
7. Review the fire escape plans with the class, emphasizing the following fire safety tips:
Home Fire Escape Drill (for parents).
Using the escape plan diagrams in #6 above, ask your child to lead you out of their bedroom and then your home, practicing both ways out of each. To simulate escaping from a fire-like environment, have your child practice escaping from his/her bedroom with eyes closed. As you practice the plan, reinforce the following safety tips along the way:
Materials: Smoke alarm, batteries
1. Ask students if they know what smoke alarms are and why they should have them in their homes.
2. Demonstrate what a smoke alarm looks like and the sound it makes when it detects smoke.
3. Ask students what they should do if they hear a smoke alarm sound.
4. Ask students if they know where smoke alarms should be installed.
5. Ask students how often they think the batteries in smoke alarms should be changed.
6. Show students where the batteries go in a smoke alarm. Press the test button to demonstrate it is working properly. Also, remind students that alarms need to be kept clean from dust. This can be done by running a vacuum cleaner attachment over and around them.
7. Conclude the lesson by telling students they can keep their homes safe from fire by helping grown-ups remember to:
Smoke Alarm Safety Check (for parents).
Smoke alarms are very easy to install and take care of. To help teach your children about smoke alarms, ask them to help you install and maintain them.
Materials: Drawings of three different rooms in a home: a kitchen, living room, and bedroom
1. Ask students if they know what fire hazards are and if they can name things in the home that might be considered a fire hazard.
Explain that these are dangerous things that could be in anyone's home.
2. Ask students if they know why it is important to identify and correct fire hazards in the home.
Students will probably conclude it is important in order to prevent a fire in the home and to prevent their families from being hurt in a fire. Stress that some hazards may not seem dangerous, such as overloaded extension cords, but that they could cause a fire when they least expect it. Fire hazards are especially dangerous at night, when no one is awake to notice that a fire has started.
3. Review the three rooms in the drawings. Identify the fire hazards that are found in these rooms. At a minimum, the students should identify:
In the living room:
In the bedroom:
4. OPTIONAL: Instruct students to draw a home floor plan and inspect their own homes with their parents.
Have students identify the fire hazards they found in each room. Students should also be able to explain what their parents did to correct the fire hazard. It is important that the students not touch electrical cords or electrical equipment, for example, themselves - a parent or another adult should make the necessary changes.
Home Fire Safety Drill for Parents
Accompany your child from room to room in your home, looking for possible safety hazards. When the child identifies one, talk about why it could be a hazard, and what can be done to correct it. Emphasize with your child that if they see fire hazards, they should tell you - children should not try to correct them themselves. Electricity and fire can be dangerous things, and children should ask adults to manipulate electrical cords, electrical equipment, etc.