Two years ago, my in-law’s home was destroyed in a fire. It was really a difficult time, and it made me much more conscious concerning fire safety and my children. It is one of those things you don’t think will ever happen to you, but it is essential to plan ahead and teach your children what to do.
This is National Fire Prevention Week, so I wanted to share a few ideas for teaching preschoolers about fire safety. One of the first things to do is have a home fire escape plan.
Working smoke alarm
1. Make sure you have several working smoke alarms in your home. Test them on a regular basis.
2) Have a practice fire drill. First, we talked about what to do when you hear the alarm. Then, I turned on the alarm, and we practiced several ways of escaping from our house.
The first time my two year old heard the alarm, she ran and hid. It’s loud, and it’s scary, so that is a natural reaction! Let them hear the alarm many times and practice getting out of the house!
3) Have a designated meeting spot outside of the house. During your practice fire drill, make sure to meet at the spot.
I found this helpful video on YouTube. It is a great guide for what you need to teach your young children about fire safety.