Talking to Kids About Fire SafetyWhit Honea
We had a scare at our house recently. I won’t go into any detail, because it’s personal and nobody shares personal stuff on the Internet. That would be silly. However, I will say that it fell upon my children to follow safety procedures that we have discussed in great detail on several occasions, and they failed to rise to the challenge. Luckily the scare passed, but it became clear that we had to revisit our talks on how to react in an emergency. The kids needed a better understanding of home and safety, so I did what I always do in times like these, I turned to LEGO.
Actually, I clicked to LEGO. The boys and I were looking at the BuildTogether.com site, and I saw something about October being Fire Safety Month, and with it an opportunity. Granted, our situation wasn’t fire-related, but it all fell into the same category of kids and household safety, so we clicked around. It turns out that October 6-12 is Fire Prevention Week and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reaching out to communities with fire safety messages. In addition, the NFPA is working with the LEGO City line to hold an in-person event in Boston, which is where, and I did not know this, United States fire history began.
See, this is educational for everybody!
In addition to LEGO the NFPA is working with firehouses and Home Depot stores to spread knowledge of fire safety to families so they can create their own fire safety plan. The NFPA has issued actionable tips that make the conversation fun and child-friendly — sure, it’s a scary subject, but that doesn’t mean we have to scare the kids into listening. The NFPA wants kids to give the subject their full attention, and fun works well for that.
Why would you want to talk to your kids about fire safety? According to the NFPA, only one-third of Americans have practiced a home fire escape plan. Kids have fire safety drills at school. Adults have them at work. Why don’t more people have them in their homes?
Here are some of the NFPA’s fire safety tips that you can discuss with your children:
I plan to have the fire safety talk with my kids on a regular basis. Will you?
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