Teaching our students about the importance of fire safety has become less of a priority over the years, especially with the push for reading, writing and math. But, it’s important that we set aside time to discuss fire safety rules with our students. With October being Fire Prevention Month, we can help our students learn about fire safety with these interactive fire safety rules and activities for kids!
Fire Safety Rules and Activities for Kids
Never Play with Fire!
One of the first fire safety rules I like to teach my students is to never play with fire. First, we create an anchor chart. To start the anchor chart, I draw a large fire. Then, I draw and label their ideas on the inside of the fire.
Once the anchor chart is complete, I have the students complete this simple interactive page in their “Fire Safety Rules” and activities book.
Don’t Hide! Go Outside!
Although having a fire is scary, it’s very important that children understand not to hide.
Get Out, and Stay Out!
I like to teach my students to “Get out, and stay out!” This means leaving toys and keepsakes inside.
To represent this rule, the students will glue the toy inside the house.
Stay Low and Go!
We also practice crawling under the smoke. For this activity, I tie bedsheets to student chairs. This creates a low, smoky barrier for us to crawl under.
You could also have students hold the corners of the sheet, and even move it gently up and down.
Stop, Drop and Roll!
I very much remember practicing this fire safety rule when I was in school. Now, I have my own students practice. First, I model how to stop, drop and roll (while making sure to cover and protect my face with my hands).
Then, each student will practice.
Feel Closed Doors with the Back of Your Hand.
Feeling closed doors with the back of your hand is a very simple fire safety rule that you can practice in the classroom. Once you model how to use the back of your hand, allow each student a chance to practice feeling the classroom door.
For this interactive “Fire Safety Rules” and activities page, the students will color the appropriate hand.
Keep Away from Anything Hot!
For this fire safety rule, I have the students complete a quick sort of items that are hot and cold.
Do Not Play with or Use Electrical Outlets!
I always like to remind my students that they should ask a grown up for help when using electrical outlets.
For this interactive page in their “Fire Safety Rules” and activities book, they will draw and label a grown up.
Test the Batteries in Your Smoke Detector.
They also need to remember to test the batteries inside each smoke detector.
To represent this activity, I have the students create a lift-the-flap detector. When they lift the smoke detector open, they can see the batteries.
If There is an Emergency, Call 911!
Another important fire safety rule to teach our little learners to call 911 when there is an emergency. We practice chanting, dotting and tracing these numbers.
We also learn a fun little poem to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
If there is an emergency, call 911.
If there is an emergency, call 911.
If you see that there is trouble,
We will get there on the double.
If there is an emergency, call 911!
Create a Fire Escape Plan.
One last fire safety rule we discuss is the importance of creating an escape plan. To create our plans, we brainstorm a list of safe places.
Then, we determine the route(s) we can take to safely and quickly get to our safe place.
Fire Safety Expert Helmet
Once we’ve completed each of the pages in our “Fire Safety Rules” book, we cut out the cover and assemble our book. Then, we create a simple “Fire Safety Expert” helmet… which the kids are always super excited to wear!
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More Fire Safety Activities and Crafts
My students always enjoy making this adorable fire truck craft! Plus, see how we integrate literacy into our Fire Safety Week.
Don’t forget to grab this FREE firefighter thank you card!
And, you can learn about firefighters with this FREE interactive firefighter circle map and firefighter poem!
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