Fire Safety Cooking Activities

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

Talking with your high school students about fire safety while cooking is one of the most valuable ways you can prepare them for the real world. These activities will help them expand their knowledge and educate their peers.

Fire Safety Cooking Activities

By high school, students will have been learning about fire safety for years. However, they will likely be using all aspects of the kitchen independently for the first time in the same years. Use these activities to help high school students recall and reinforce the most important aspects of fire safety while cooking. There are opportunities for group and individual work in this guide.

Creating a Skit (Group Activity)

For this activity, students will work in small groups to create a funny, educational and informative skit about one aspect of fire safety. Although students can cover any topic you choose, some ideas for skits include:

  • What to do if gas or grease catches on fire
  • Teaching a young group of children about what to do in the event of something catching on fire
  • How to prevent fires in the microwave
  • Practical solutions for extinguishing a small kitchen fire
  • When to call 911 and leave the house

After putting students into groups of about five, give each group one of the above scenarios. You could give them the scenario as written or flesh out a more detailed plot before giving it to the students.

The groups will then create a short skit that acts out the lesson or scenario described. After creating and practicing the skits, students will share them with the class. After all groups have finished their skits, move into a discussion that covers important aspects of fire safety while cooking and fire prevention techniques.

Materials Needed: Optional props (pretend fire extinguisher, cutout of flames, mock kitchen scene, etc.)

Fire Safety While Cooking Education Campaign (Individual Activity)

For this activity, students will be creating a flyer that advertises and informs about one aspect of fire safety while cooking.

Give students time to research statistics about fire safety (related to cooking). Students will pick one fact or statistic that stands out to them the most. Their flyer should provide information about this fact. Each flyer should include: a startling fact about fire safety while cooking, an explanation about safety related to the statistic and a large image.

For example, a quick search tells us that nearly half of all home fires are started in the kitchen. A student could use this as their statistic and then draw an image of a home or kitchen on fire. For the explanation, they would want to explain the best ways to prevent fires in the kitchen or what to do in case of a fire.

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