Fire safety certificate for preschool kids

Written by bonnie sludikoff
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    Fire safety certificate for preschool kids

    Though it's not every day that we hear a news story about a 4-year-old calling for an ambulance for their parents, the scenario has certainly been known to occur every now and again. And that child is only able to help if she has learnt about emergencies at school or at home. Any child who is old enough to know her numbers should know how to dial 9-1-1 and should be taught the basics about staying safe in the instance of a fire or other emergency. Offer small children certificates at the end of a fire safety program (made up of several activities) to acknowledge that they are part of the community, responsible and able to help.

    Toy fire truck (fire safety image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from

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    Colouring time is a highly important time of day for a preschooler. For fire-safety week, replace typical colouring books of princesses and superheroes with the real heroes--the firefighters. Talk about what firemen do, and allow children to colour in pictures of them. Check onine for some free fire safety pages to colour.

    Colouring (Kids Art image by Vanessa van Rensburg from

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    Use study of numbers to incorporate important number combos that your preschooler should know. Children who can count to 10 should learn how to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. Practice this as a class. Do a simple role-play with your students, inviting them up to participate one at a time. You play someone in an emergency, and each child must dial 9-1-1 on a play telephone.

    Call 911 for emergency. (call 911 image by Empath from

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    Fire Safety Tips

    Teach preschoolers the basics of what to do in a fire. If possible, have a local firefighter come in to speak. Kids should know several simple facts about fires. A small child should know to stay away from matches (and candles), how to react if he smells or sees smoke and when to call 911.

    Fire truck (Front view of an old fire truck in front of a fire station image by Alexey Stiop from

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    Fire Drill!

    Hold a fire drill. If possible, make this a school-wide activity, so children can see how things would actually play out in the event of a real fire. Instruct students to get into a straight line at the door if they hear the fire alarm and be ready to vacate the premises immediately. For a student who has gone to use a rest room, explain an alternate meeting space, outside of the building, where your class would meet in the event of a fire.

    Fire alarm (Fire alarm button image by TekinT from

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    Certificate Ceremony

    Hold a culmination ceremony when your preschoolers finish this safety program. Invite parents to participate. Encourage your preschooler that she is a big-kid and prepared to handle an emergency.

    Certificate (Blank award certificate form image by Stasys Eidiejus from

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