Learning Fire Safety with Kids

One day I was observing the teaching (part of my studies) in a special ed preparatory course for adults. They learned about fire safety and were prepared for an evacuation rehearsal. It hit me that I should go through this with my kids too!

I used the material from the class to recognised symbols and equipment but they already knew it from daycare. Fantastic!

More important was really to check what they need to do, if there is a fire in our house: the “puzzle pieces” from class were helpful in structuring the conversation for us (only a part of them in the picture):

  1. When the fire alarm goes, do not look for your things nor hide.
  2. Use the closest exit and get immediately out of the house (check all possible exits, windows etc). Close the doors/windows behind you.
  3. Crawl if there is smoke.
  4. Call 112 (in Finland as well as in most of Europe), ask the neighbors to do it, if you don’t have a phone.
  5. Listen to the instructions of adults.

I also installed the free app 112 Suomi on my mobile: the app will tell the emergency centre the location even if i wouldn’t know the address.


One comment

  1. A great reminder! Thanks!

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