Next week (October 6-12) is Fire Prevention week, What can you do to make sure that your children are safe in the event of a fire? Here are some ideas;
1. Talk about it. Ask your children what they would do if there was a fire at home, or at school, their answers may surprise you. It helps to understand what knowledge they already have before moving forward with your fire safety plans.
2. Make a plan. Everyone should have a plan in place for their family in the even of a fire. If possible sit down and come up with your plan together, this will help to make sure that all family members know what to do, and why they have to follow the plan. It is also a good idea to practice your plan, the more that you practice, the easier it will be to remember the plan in a true emergency.
3. Find a way to make fire safety fun. Fires are serious, and should not be taken lightly, but they can also be very scary for a young child to think about. Use your resources to make the discussion interesting and thought-provoking, instead of scary. See if your local fire station is hosting any special events this week, go to the library and check out some fire-related books, find an episode of your child’s favorite television show that discusses fire safety, or use art to help your child express what he or she understands, or is afraid of regarding fires.
4. Practice. Give your child the opportunity to help you cook dinner, or sit around a campfire as a family. Use these experiences as learning experiences, and explain to your child the safety precautions that you follow when you do these types of activities.
For more ideas check out the Fire Prevention Week Website!