My idea has to do with fire drills. I made a fire drill log sheet to be posted near the fire extinguisher. It contains the date, children present, type of drill either announced, surprise, smoke alarm, etc. I also do a fire drill each Monday to refresh the little memories and then again during the week. I do this with my a.m. group and p.m. group. My groups are great at fire drills. we also have rules… no toys, no pushing, no screaming., older ones help smaller ones, listen to adult give directions, form a line and meet in designated are , form a circle with children under age 3 in the middle. I am proud to say my boys and girls deserve medals each drill!
During our unit on Transportation we always invite the local fire dept. to bring the fire trucks to our program. The children in my program are little, 6 months to 5 years old, so they mostly get to climb in the fire truck and look around. The older children talk to the fire fighters about what to do if their is ever a fire in their home.
While studying community helpers, particularly fire fighters, the teachers drew orange and yellow chalk pictures on the sidewalk on our outdoor playground. The children then used squeeze bottles to “put the flames out” They loved playing with water and worked on fine motor skills at the same time. The teachers would then work on color recognition by drawing a variety of color on the ground and asked the children to squirt a particular color away.
Fire Department Unit. Have the children dress up with rain coats, boots, red hats these can be made out of red construction paper. The children can also make the uniform out of paper bags donated from the grocery store. They can paint the bags and decorate there uniforms etc, in order to save money. The fire hoses can be made out of rolled construction paper or green pieces of water hoses can be purchased at a home improvement store. The fire trucks can be made out of cardboard boxes and have the children decorate them with red paint. Teachers write The fire Department and help with cutting with the appropriate shape. Finish by inviting the fire Department to come talk to the children about fire safety. Children might also get the chance of seeing a real fire truck they enjoy this kind of activities. Ask the local Fire Department for pamphlets on how to be fire safe. These unit leaves lots of open ended activities such as teaching children Stop, Drop, and Roll as well as how to use 911 the proper way.
Children age 5 and under represent 9% of the population, yet they comprise nearly 22% of all residential fire-related deaths. They are more than twice as likely to die in a fire than the rest of the population, according to the National Safe Kids Campaign.
Approximately 25,000 children age 4 and under are injured in residential fires each year. Tragically, a working smoke alarm is not present in 2/3 of the residential fires in which a child is injured or killed. These injuries and deaths may have been prevented.
Fire safety educators now recommend that there should be a smoke alarm in every child’s bedroom. Children who play with matches often do so in their bedroom with the door closed, so a smoke alarm in the bedroom is a necessity. There are also many more electrical appliances in the bedroom than there were in the past. Be sure to review fire safety practices with your children and practice E.D.I.T.H. (Exit Drills in the Home).
The National S.A.F.E. Home Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to reducing the high number of injuries and deaths due to residential fires. We have partnered many life-saving programs with hospitals, pre-schools, elementary schools, and community centers across the country, where children receive fire safety education and a smoke alarm for their bedrooms.
These programs generate excellent media involvement and goodwill in the community. Please help us protect young lives by your involvement with a S.A.F.E. Home Program. Contact the National S.A.F.E. Home Foundation at 1-800-877-1250, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at 1333 Strad Avenue, North Tonawanda, NY 14120.