My son loves anything with wheels. Cars, trucks, trains… Going along with that love, we’ve gotten quite a few truck videos from the library. Lots and Lots of Trucks anyone? Mighty Machines? And then there’s my husband’s personal favorite: Firebusters. (Can you sense the sarcasm?)
It’s the Firebusters video that brings me to today’s post. As we sat there watching it for the millionth time, it dawned on me that it was a good springboard for discussing fire safety with the kids.
I don’t remember my parents running fire drills or even talking about what to do if our house were on fire. Sure, at school we were told to “get out of the house fast” and we learned “stop, drop, and roll!” But in a real emergency, is that enough?
After we watched the video we talked about the smoke detectors in the house. I demonstrated what they sounded like (after pushing the test button on one, I had to do each and every one of them…), and we talked about what to do in a real fire.
We started in the preschooler’s room. She was laying in her bed and I pushed the button on the alarm. She practiced rolling off the bed, crawling to her door and testing to see if it was hot before opening it and crawling to the front door. I have to say the video did it’s job in that she knew if the door was hot to the touch she shouldn’t open it.
We also talked about where we would meet if there was a fire. (That we might not all get out the same door and everyone should go next door to Mamaw and Papaw’s house.)
When we practiced our fire drill the second time my little guy decided he had to get his boat from the bathtub to help put out the fire. Sweet though it was, I made sure both of them understood that during a real fire we don’t stop to get ANY toys, we just get outside as fast as we can. I’m sure this is something I’ll have to reiterate the next time we practice, after all they are just 2.5 and 4.
With our start of home fire drills, I thought it would be interesting to see what others in my BlogFrog community said about their own fire safety instruction at home. Here’s the highlights from that discussion:
- We have talked about fire safety and what to do….especially the part of leaving the stuffed animals behind…got a lot of questions on that one! We talk a lot about touching, smelling, playing with unknown substances, sprays and cleaners, medications. Recently we have been talking a lot about cooking safety as they help more and want to toast their own bagels! — From Teaching Tiny Tots
- Good question. Months back the 5 year old tipped over a lamp in her room and caught the carpet on fire. I took her 5 minutes to get to, “and there’s lots of smoke in my room.” We did have a very good talk and practice. In the fall when she started KG I went along to visit the fire dept. on a feild trip. she learned a lot and met the firemen. — From Non-Cents Nanna
- You know we haven’t but we need to! Thanks for the reminder! — From Laugh With Us Blog
Do you practice fire drills with your kids? Join me in the discussion at BlogFrog or leave a comment in the comment section here!