Fire Prevention Tips: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

You may already know ways to stay safe if a fire ever occurs in your home or school. In this lesson, learn how you can prevent those fires from ever happening in the first place!

Prevention Is Important

Have you talked with your family about what to do in case of a fire at your home? You've probably participated in fire drills at school where you practice getting out of the building safely if there is a fire. These discussions and practices are very important, but they help us prepare for what to do after a fire has already started. What if we could avoid a fire starting in the first place? We can prevent fires from happening, which means we can do things (or sometimes not do things!) to make sure fires don't happen.

Avoiding Electrical Fires

Electricity is powerful stuff! It can give you light to see, power your television so you can watch your favorite show, and help heat your afternoon snack in the microwave. Electricity can be dangerous if you do not treat it with care, and electrical fires are a very common problem in homes.

How can you prevent an electrical fire from starting? There are many simple things you can do. Fires often start if electrical outlets are overloaded. Therefore, do not plug in too many cords into an outlet all at once. Be especially careful of appliances that produce heat, such as microwaves and space heaters, and only plug one of these in an outlet at a time.

By only plugging in one appliance at a time, this will help to avoid overloading electrical outlets.
electrical outlet

Flammable Materials

Materials with an open flame should only be used by adults. Therefore, avoid using matches, lighters, and candles, and stay away from liquids like gasoline or kerosene. These liquids are flammable, which means they can easily catch flame. If you have a fireplace in your home, keep items away from the flames. Hot materials can pop out and catch items on fire. Covering the fireplace with a screen also helps prevent nearby items getting hit by sparks.

A screen can help keep items safe from sparks popping out of a fireplace.
fire place screen

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