Its late at night, and you’re asleep in your bed. Your children fell asleep hours ago, and the house is completely quiet. Suddenly, the smoke detector goes off! You wake up, and realize that smoke is pouring into your room under your bedroom door! What should you do? Are your children able to escape on their own? Should you open the door and try to wake them up?
The last time that you want to be thinking about fire safety is during an emergency. It’s highly recommended that you teach your children about fire safety, as well as what to do in the event of a fire. However, did you know that fire safety can be fun? Here are four activities to help teach your children about what to do during a fire!
1. Stay Outside!
There are far too many cases of a child dying because they ventured back into a building to try to save a cherished stuffed animal, rescue a beloved family pet or to search for an adult. Be sure to teach your child the phrase: “Out means out!” You can even make up a rhyme or short song to help them remember this phrase. Once your child is outside of a burning building, they should never try to go back inside. Make this an integral part of your child’s fire safety training!
2. Stop, Drop and Roll
The phrase “Stop, Drop and Roll” has been repeated to children for years, but you can also make it into a fun activity! Cut red construction paper into small pieces, and apply double-stick tape to both sides of the paper. Stick the red paper pieces onto your child’s clothing, leaving one of the tape pieces facing out. Now, tell them to “Stop, Drop and Roll” until all of the red paper pieces have come off of their clothing!
3. Finding the Way Outside
In a dark house filled with smoke, its easy for a child to become too scared to venture outside to safety. It’s important to teach your children how to escape from the house even if they can’t see. A great (and fun) way to do this is to set up a short obstacle course for your child, which they must navigate while blindfolded! If they are able to successfully navigate to the door (with supervision), reward them with a treat, a “treasure” or other goodies.
4. Planning a Meeting Place
It’s important for you to arrange a “rendezvous” point outside your home where all your family members will meet in the event of a fire. The meeting spot should be far enough away from the house to be safe, but easy to find even in the dark. Teach your children to run outside to this spot, and wait there until an adult arrives. This activity should be repeated during monthly family fire drills.