Fire Safety Lesson for Kids: Facts & Tips

Instructor: Nola Bridgens

Nola has taught elementary school and tutored for four years. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, a master's degree in Marketing, and is a certified teacher.

Stop, Drop, and Roll sounds like a silly dance, but it is actually a fire safety technique that could save your life. This lesson will teach you ways to stay safe from fire and what to do if you encounter a fire.

Fire Prevention

Staying safe from fire begins with prevention. Follow these tips to prevent fires from starting:

-Stay at least an arm's length away from anything that gets hot, like a stove or space heater.

-Never play with lighters or matches.

-Always let an adult light a candle or start a campfire.

-Make sure to blow out candles before leaving a room and put out a campfire before going to sleep.

Never play with matches
no matches

Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are devices that make a loud alarm noise when they sense smoke. They are essential in every home because they reduce the chance of being injured in a fire by over 50%! That means having working smoke detectors in your home can save your life.

Smoke detector

Smoke detectors can save you, but only if they are in working condition. You should check your smoke detector at least twice a year to make sure it is working, and replace it every 10 years. A good way to remember to do this is to test your smoke detectors and their batteries every time you change the clocks for daylight savings time.

Escape Plan

Having working smoke detectors is the first step, but knowing what to do when they go off is also extremely important. You should have an escape plan in place for your house and discuss two ways out of every room. Some rooms may have two doors, but you may have to use a window if they don't.

Think of creating an escape plan as making a treasure map. You can even make a map of your house and label the two exits for each room if you like. The 'treasure' for your escape plan will be better than gold and jewels, it just may save your life someday!

Follow these steps if you hear a smoke alarm go off:

Have an escape plan

Step 1: Get as low to the ground as you can. (Smoke rises, so being low to the ground is the safest place to be.)

Step 2: Identify the two ways out of the room.

Step 3: Choose the safest way out and crawl to the nearest exit of the home. (If you are in a room with the door shut, DO NOT open the door if you see smoke under the door or if the door is hot.)

Step 4: Go to your meeting place outside the house.

Step 5: Call 911 and report the fire. (NEVER go back into a building that is on fire!)

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