Educating kids about the importance of fire safety is very important… especially children between the age of 5 – 12. This is because, children around that age range are generally more curious about the things happening around them.
Given their natural rebellious nature and the tendency to try everything the adults are doing, fire safety education for children becomes something that all parents must teach their kids about.
So how do you go about teaching and educating children about fire?
Well, here are some activities you can do with your kids to help them understand and be more aware about the dangers of fire.
1) Plan a field trip – It is always good to organize a field trip to the fire department. This will help the children learn more about fire safety and also help them get more comfortable with the fire fighters.
Because of the experience and the many different stories fire fighters knew about, it further helps to enhance the children’s learning experience. As we all know, children learn best through stories… and who else could be more qualified to tell these stories other than the expert themselves – The fire fighters.
2) Role playing games – Have a family meeting and discuss about what to do during a fire. In this meeting, several guidelines and rules should be laid out.
One such topic that should be discussed is the family fire evacuation drill. Lay down the escape routes and what everyone should do during a house fire.
Once all the family members know what to do during a fire, carry out a mock up fire evacuation drill every 3 months. This will help to instill confidence and cut down any confusion about what to do during a fire.
3) Fire Themed Crafts – Paper crafts such as making fire fighter hats or coloring competition also helps to instill fire fighting awareness into the children.
During the activities, it is also a very good time to let the children know more about the dangers of fire and why they should not play with one.
Once children gets to know about the dangers of fire, they will then avoid playing with fire.