Firefighters are one of the first groups of superheros that kids are introduced to in life. The sirens and lights, water hoses and super cool fire trucks....all of it is awesome! I smile when my little one gets all excited when he sees a fire truck whizzing by, or gets to climb into one at a fair or outside event every now and then. And what does he want for his birthday? Of course, a fire engine. And not just any fire engine. It has to have lights and sirens that work...or its not of any use at all, right? At least this is what he told me. All of this got me to thinking...I probably need to brush up on our fire safety plan. A fire is a real danger, and I want my children to be able to know what to do - especially if they are separated from my hubby and I in a house fire, or any other fire for that matter.
(our community fire station)
I found some aids on-line to assist me in dusting off our fire safety plan. The originals can be found at www.orlandfire.org and www.safekids.org.
So happy I came across these! I wanted to customize them for my children, so this is what I came up with. I love the cards by safekids.org, but they were a little difficult to print out. So with a little bit of copying and pasting, I came up with this...
This is a simple and fun activity to do with your kids. This is what you will need:
-Fire Safety Plan Memory Card Printable Set
(Printable 1-click here) (Printable 2-click here) (Printable 3-click here)
-Printer or a print source (Office Depot, library, etc...)
-Card stock or paper of your choice
-Pencils, coloring pencils, crayons, etc
-Hole puncher, scissors, or a paper cutter
-Brass prongs (fasteners), string/ribbon, or a key ring
Step 1: Print and cut the first two pages of the Fire Safety Plan Printable Set into squares.
Step 2: Have a discussion about each step with your kids. Make it fun and review with a memory game. Mix the cards, turn them over, and have your child match each step with each picture. When done, fasten with a brass prong, string, ribbon or a key ring and make plans to review periodically.
Step 3: Let your kiddos complete the floor plan. Directions are listed on printout. Set up a permanent location where your kiddos can see your plan regularly.
Step 4: Act it out! My kids and I went through multiple scenarios of what to do in case of a fire. We discussed crawling towards exits, how to open windows, our meeting place if we were separated, and which neighbors to contact in case of an emergency.
You never know when an emergency can occur, so prepare your children. They are never to young to learn! Here is a list of some other helpful resources:
-sparky.org (interactive games and learning materials for kids)
-ready.gov/kids (animated info and other related materials for older kids)
Let me know if this has been helpful to you and your kiddos. Feel free to send pics of your plan or your fire drill in action. We want to praise n' post your flow!