Tomorrow is the first day of October and that means Fire Safety Month! At The Home Depot, we have an exciting Kids Workshop project: the Fire Rescue Helicopter. The clinic runs at the Home Depot stores from 9am to noon local time. Contact your local store for more information.
There will be a Fire Safety Workshop from 10am-11am that will teach you how to find and remove fire hazards in your home as well as detect smoke, fire, or carbon monoxide. You will extinguish fires using a fire extinguisher and learn how to use a fire escape plan and fire escape ladders.
But how can you teach your children about fire safety in a way that will prepare them but not scare them? We hide the matches. The kids see us testing the smoke alarms when we turn the clocks back. (Daylight Saving Time ends in the United States on Sunday, November 6 at 2 am). But do they know what to do in the event of a fire?
I have found a great resource that you can use to learn about fire safety as a family. The US Fire Administration for Kids (part of FEMA and the US Department of Homeland Security) site teaches fire safety in fun, informative, and interactive modules that can be completed in minutes.
You will learn what to do if there is a fire in your home, how to create a good escape plan ( two plans are better than one), stay down low to the floor, feel the door before opening it, designate a safe meeting place, and call for help. Practice a fire drill as a family so everyone will know what to do.
This site also includes puzzles, coloring pages, word searches, a hazard house interactive search, and a matching game. The fun and games pages are great for children of all ages. Then take the quiz to test your fire safety knowledge and download an official Junior Fire Marshall Certificate!
(yes I passed the test!)
The quality time that you spend with your children in learning about fire safety may someday save their lives.
Happy Safety Month!