Fire Prevention Week Is an Excellent Way to Thoughtfully Teach Your Kids About Fire Safety. Get Free Resources in This Post.
October 6th is National Fire Prevention Week, in remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 that burned over 2,000 acres leaving most of the city desolate and 100,000 people homeless.
That’s a tough lesson but one that we can continue to improve on. Fire is really the most preventable disaster. We really have much more control over this disaster than any other.
Teaching kids to take fire safety and prevention seriously, while they are young, is extremely important. Many a fire and forest fires are started by kids and teens playing with matches or simply not taking fire prevention seriously. This past Labor Day weekend found one of the most popular hiking and tourist destinations in the Columbia River Gorge in flames due to apathetic teenagers with fireworks. As I write this, the Eagle Creek Fire is currently at 46% containment and has burned up to 49,000 acres.
Teaching your kids diligent fire safety and prevention techniques and principles is one of the most important things you can do. Trust me they are never too young, as my 3 and 4-year old recently demonstrated.
Resources for teaching kids about fire and prevention in a fun and engaging way are as follows:
Safety Smart Science with Bill Nye: Fire Safety
For teachers here is a full lesson plan with activities!
Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart about Fire
There is a great lesson plan that goes with the video from education world.
FEMA + Sesame Street is the perfect preschool fire safety curriculum, easily adaptable for home use.
Fire Safe Kids is loaded with every possible way to teach kids about fire prevention. You’ll find video games, activities, coloring pages, quizzes and more. This is a definite must visit.
Books to Add to Your Preparedness Library
No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jeane Pendziwol