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Spark Students Interest in Fire Safety Week

Spark Students Interest in Fire Safety Week


Fire related incidents is the number three cause of death for children in the U.S. What can teachers do to help? Spend Fire Safety week educating your students on procedures that can save lives.

Learn About Fire

1. Fire is FAST!

There is little time!

In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house. In minutes, a house can be engulfed in flames. Most fires occur in the home when people are asleep. If you wake up to a fire, you won’t have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape.

2. Fire is HOT!

Heat is more threatening than flames.

A fire’s heat alone can kill. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super hot air will scorch your lungs. This heat can melt clothes to your skin. In five minutes a room can get so hot that everything in it ignites at once: this is called flashover.

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3. Fire is DARK!

Fire isn’t bright, it’s pitch black.

Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness. If you wake up to a fire you may be blinded, disoriented and unable to find your way around the home you’ve lived in for years.

4. Fire is DEADLY!

Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do.

Fire uses up the oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill. Breathing even small amounts of smoke and toxic gases can make you drowsy, disoriented and short of breath. The odorless, colorless fumes can lull you into a deep sleep before the flames reach your door. You may not wake up in time to escape.

Fire Safety Tips

In the event of a fire, remember time is the biggest enemy and every second counts!

• Escape first, then call for help.

• Develop a home fire escape plan and designate a meeting place outside.

• Make sure everyone in the family knows two ways to escape from every room.

• Practice feeling your way out with your eyes closed.

• Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke and try to keep your mouth covered.

• Never return to a burning building for any reason; it may cost you your life.

• Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.


Coloring Pages

Connect with printables about fire safety that students can color to use in the classroom. Find now.

Fire Quiz

Want to test your trivia knowledge of fire? Try this quiz.

Ask A Fireman

Connect with firemen online in a website called Firelink. Current events and news for fireman are available to use as classroom resources.

Art Contest

If your school doesn’t have a poster contest already, start one for Fire Safety Week. This can be a collaborative effort with your school’s art teacher.

Writing Assignments

Invite a fireman to your school to really get your students excited about fire safety. Have children prepare questions in advance. If a fireman is not available, have your students write thank you notes or send drawings to your local fire department in gratitute for all they do to protect us.

Fire Safety Resources on the Internet

National Fire Prevention Association

You’ll find materials for use in your classroom during Fire Prevention Week, including fun new lesson plans, important safety points for your students, and a reproducible letter about escape planning that you can send home to parents.

Smokey Bear

A portion of this website is designed just for kids, and includes forest fire prevention.


This website offers breaking news in fires, as well as gear that firemen use in their profession. Find a fireman in your area to visit your school or send them an email to answer your fire questions.

Fire Safety for Middle Schools

Projects are geared toward the middle school age and can be used for solo or group work.

Smoke Detectives

This is a fire safety website sponsored by State Farm Insurance. Resources for teachers are included as well as fire safety games for students.

Staying Alive

This fire safety website offers games and information in Spanish as well as English.

Fast Facts:

The incidence of daily fires increases during and around four holiday periods: Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the winter holiday period that includes Christmas and New Year’s.

Fire and burn related incidents in the number one cause in unintentional death for African-American children.

Read more fire safety articles: Home Fire Safety and Earthquake & Fire Safety

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