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Chrissy has found FREE fire safety resources for teachers at the 
U.S.Fire Administration. However, you'll have to look carefully 
to find what you need.
Fire Safety
Teach children what a fire alarm sounds like and what to do in case  they hear one with this lesson by Ava R.

 Materials: Working Smoke Detector (you can get it fairly cheap at a retail store).

Description: When discussing what to do in case of a fire at home, you  should show the children the smoke detector and explain what it is and how it works.  Then, after warning them how loud it is push the tester button in order for them to hear the sound.  Explain that the sound is loud because you want to hear it at night when you are sleeping.

You should also explain to them that if they hear this sound when they are at home in bed, they should NOT run to the door and open it.  They should go to their bedroom door, (crawling, if they see or smell smoke in their room), and feel of the door to see if it is hot.  If the  door is hot, explain to them that they should then go to a window and open the window.  If they live on a ground level house or apartment, they should be told  to go out the window and go to their designated meeting place or to their 
 neighbors house and call 911. 

If they live in a two story house or multi-level apartment, they should go to a window, open it, and wait for help.

After you go over this with your children, you should have them each take turns 
practicing this procedure.  Each child can take turns pretending to be in their rooms sleeping or playing.  You push the alarm button.  The child should walk or crawl to the door, test it to see if it is hot, then go to a window.  If you have no window in your room, you can designate an area for a pretend window.
 

Smoke Alarm
Help young children create a representation of a smoke detector with this activity from Myrtle.

Materials: Two plain white paper plates per child,  small square shaped box e.g.: match box for 'battery', a red adhesive dot, a black adhesive dot or plastic bottle top, and
a stapler with staples.

Description: After a class discussion about fire safety in the home, how smoke 
detector / alarms work and why homes should have them, we looked at a real one and 
followed it up with this activity.

Glue a small square box e.g.: matchbox or a square of black paper to represent the 
battery and a black paper circle or plastic bottle top (the smoke "sniffer") to 
the inside of one plain white paper plate.

Draw a grid design on the outside of the other paper plate and glue on a red paper dot - or use adhesive red dots (this is the test or reset button). Staple the two plates together using only one or two staples so that the plates can be opened for battery replacement.
 

Fire Safety Song  Fire Safety Song
River offers this song about firemen sung to the tune of I'm A Little Teapot.

Materials: Chart with words on it.

I'm a little firefighter on the go. (Move your arms in a "running" motion.)
Here is my helmet.    (Point to your head.)
Here is my hose.    (Hold an imaginary hose.)
When I see a fire,    (Look, holding your hand over your eyes.)
Hear me shout!     (Cup your hands around your mouth.)
Turn on the water,   (Hold an imaginary hose.)
And put the fire out--Shhhhhhh! (Pretend to spray a fire with a hose.) 


Fire Safety Chant
This chant from River can be used for dramatic play.

Materials: Chart with chant words on it, charcoal and paper.

If you don't want to choke 
Crawl under the smoke. 
Get down on the floor 
And head for the door. 
Act out with a blanket or towel as the smoke and ask children to crawl underneath.
Children can then make charcoal pictures using charcoal and paper.
 

Dramatic Play: Crawl Low Under The Fire
Nigel teaches children to crawl under fire with this fire safety activity.

Materials: A sheet

Description:  Put up a sheet high enough so that your children can crawl under it. Next, have your children pretend to be firefighters and crawl underneath the fire.
 

Fire Safety ArtFire Safety Art Project
Amy S. helps children learn the colors that are generally in a flame of fire.

Materials: Straws, orange red and yellow paint, paper.

Description: Work on a tabletop with newspaper. Children can put a spoonful of 
paint on a piece of paper and create a design by blowing through the straw to make the paint move. Using both yellow and red paint will product the flame design. Children may add more paint and even add orange paint to mix up the design. 

Comments: After the flame designs have dried, put them around the room. Let the kids help you spot the flames. Discuss what to do when you see flames. 
 

Counting:  Fire Safety Fingerplay
Youngsters count and subtract during this fingerplay from River.

Materials: Chart with words on it or you could make it a flannel board story.

Ten little firefighters,  (Hold up hands showing ten fingers.)
Sleeping in their beds.   (Rest head on hands as if sleeping).
"Ding!" went the bell,    (Pretend to ring a bell.)
And down the pole they slid. (Pretend to slide down a fire pole.)
They raced to the fire   (Pretend to drive a steering wheel.)
And put out all the flames. (Pretend to point a fire hose at a fire.)
Then ten little firefighters  (Hold up hands showing ten fingers.)
Went back to bed again.   (Rest head on hands as if sleeping).
       (Repeat except use 9 the next time, and then 8, etc.)


Red color song  Red Color Song
Cathi offer this little song which helps with spelling and is sung to the tune of
Frere Jacques.

R-E-D red, R-E-D red
I can spell red
I can spell red
Fire trucks are red.
Stop signs are red too!
R-E-D,  R-E-d.
Fire Engine Song Fire Truck Song & Art Activity
This preschool activity from Valerie W. can be used during a Fire Safety or a
Community Helpers theme.

Materials: The song below written on a chart, precut circles and rectangles, yarn and
straws.

Directions: Precut circular and rectangular shapes from construction paper. Ask the
children to glue the precut shapes on to a piece of construction paper to resemble 
a fire truck. They may add yarn or string for the fire hose and use straws to make a ladder.

I'm a Big Red Fire Truck 
(To the tune of: I'm a Little Teapot)

I'm a big red fire truck long and stout, 
When I am needed, I roar and shout. 
People love to see me rush about, 
Just turn me on and head me out. 

I'm a big red fire truck stout and long, 
Here's is my ladder, tall and strong. 
When I get a call, you'll hear my song, 
Just climb aboard and turn me on. 


2.  Make Fire Engines
Directions: Pre cut circular and rectangular shapes from construction paper. Ask children to glue the pre cut shapes on to a piece of construction paper to resemble a fire truck. They may add yarn or string for the fire hose and use straws to make a ladder.

Dalmation Art ActivityFire Safety Dalmatian
JH suggests this easy art activity that even toddlers can enjoy.

Materials: Large white cutouts of a "Dalmatian looking" dog shape, black tempera paint and small cutouts of fire hats.

Description: After discussing fire safety, firefighters, safety procedures, 
fire engines, sirens, etc.  tell the children that Dalmatians have long been a representative of the firefighters. Let the children make black fingerprints on the construction paper cutouts to represent the Dalmatian's spots.
 

Dramatic Play for Fire Safety
Katy V. teaches children how to be safe around fire and encourages them to use their imagination to help keep others safe around fire.

Materials: Vacuum hose, fire hats, Galatias (Rain boots), rain coats, blue shiny streamers and tape.

Description: Put fire hats, boots, and rain coats in the dress-up area for children to 
use as Firemen costumes.

Tape the blue shiny streamers inside the end of the vacuum hose so some of it hangs out. This is very cool with the shiny streamers because it makes the hose look like real water is shooting out.

I also found a red plastic ice bucket with handles at a dollar store.  When this is upside down on the floor it resembles a great fire hydrant.  The children love to pretend to be getting the water for their hose from the bucket.
 

Song About MatchesFire Safety Song:  Matches
Youngsters need to develop an awareness of the danger of matches and this song from Belinda helps when beginning a discussion.

Sing this song to the tune of "London Bridge"
Matches are for lots of things,
Lots of things,
Lots of things,
Matches are for lots of things that grown-up people do.
If ever I find a match,
Find a match,
Find a match ,
If ever i find a match I'll know just what to do.
I'll go and tell a grown-up,
A grown-up,
A grown-up;
I'll go and tell a grown-up because that's the thing to do.
Comments: Recently we had a visit to our preschool by a fire engine and firefighters the children had so much fun learning this song in preparation for their visit.
 

Fire Safety - Stop, Drop and Roll
Janice P. offers this activity plan saying, "The student will practice and demonstrate Stop, Drop and Roll to put out flames in case his or her clothes catch on fire. The student will demonstrate that he or she understands that
Stop, Drop & Roll  is used only when clothing is on fire, not in other hazardous fire or smoke conditions."

Description: The Stop, Drop & Roll procedure is used only when clothing catches 
fire.  Immediate action will extinguish the flames and lessen burn injury. The proper way to perform this lifesaving technique is to stop where you are and drop 
to the ground.  Lying flat on the ground, cover your face and mouth with your hands.  This will help prevent flames from burning your face and smoke from entering the lungs. Roll over and over until the flames are extinguished.

STOP where you are, DROP to the ground and cover your eyes and mouth with your hands, ROLL over and over until the flame are extinguished.

Young children sometimes get confused about WHEN to Stop, Drop & Roll.  Stress the importance of knowing when to perform this procedure. It is ONLY done when clothing is on fire.
To avoid a clothing fire in the first place, it is important to stay away from ignition sources such as matches, lighters, fireplaces, heaters, grills, or gasoline.
 

Fire Engine song     Sing to the tune of: Are You Sleeping? (Frere Jacques.)
Red Fire Engine, red fire engine       (hold up fire engine cutout)
Where does it go? Where does it go? (wait for answer from children)
To the Fire Station, to the Fire Station (place fire engine in front of fire station)
Don't you know? Don't you know? 
 

Roll Play Activity: "Stop, Drop and Roll"
Valerie W. helps preschool children learn what to do if their clothes catch on fire. 

Materials: Construction cut out flames in yellow and orange, double sided tape and a  blanket. 

Description: All my students know about Stop, Drop, and Roll but, they often think this is the answer to every situation involving a fire. 

I use orange and yellow construction paper and cut out several flames. I use the 
flames in activities about fire safety. While the children are working I may place several flames on a shelf or in the wastebasket and then "discover" the fire. 
The children respond in the ways we have discussed, going to the window or door
to "escape". 

During group times we practice Stop, Drop, and Roll. I put double sided tape 
on several flames and stick one on a child. He or she then practices rolling ON the 
flame so that it is smothered. Sometimes two children will be involved with one using a blanket or small rug to smother the "flame". 

These activities give meaning to the words they know so well. It allows them to be prepared and really know how to respond. 

Variation: Sue B. creates a flame this way: 
Materials: Black felt, red felt and a yellow marker. 

Description: Take the black felt and cut it out to make it look like a flame. Then cut the red felt out to make it look like a flame. Take the yellow maker and color the top of the flame yellow. Then place the flame on one child and have him or her 
Stop, Drop, Roll. The children really liked this a lot. 
 

Cooking: Fire Trucks
Lots of small motor skills are involved when creating these edible fire trucks by
Sharon.

Materials: Graham crackers, white frosting, red food coloring, oreo cookies and 
small stick pretzels.

Description: place all these items out at the center area. For less mess have the 
frosting already colored with red food coloring. Ask youngsters to construct their 
own fire trucks with the material provided. The graham cracker is truck body. Cover with red frosting. Pretzels are for ladders and cookies are for tires.

Comments: The children love to construct and eat these. They get pretty creative making various types of fire trucks

Fire Truck

Learning About 911 
Valerie W. teaches preschool children about this all important telephone number with this poem and activity. 

Materials: Poem on chart (poem is below), construction paper, pre cut numbers 1 and 9, glue. 

Description:
1.  Read poem to children: 

           Pick up the telephone 
           And dial 911. 
           Tell them "It's an Emergency 
           And someone had better come!

2. Art activity: 
Directions: To make 911 pictures, give each child pre cut  9's and 1's out of construction paper. Then children glue them onto a piece of paper. 
 

Summary: Ideas for Fire Safety 
Preschool education teachers can help prepare their youngsters for fire safety with these curriculum suggestions. 

1.   During fire safety month, October, discuss precautions, such as the dangers of     playing with matches, lighters etc. Discuss why children shouldn't go near stoves and ovens.  And why preschoolers should not be afraid of firefighters etc.

2.   Teach young children what to do if their clothes catch  on fire.  Practice with children Stop, Drop, and Roll by stopping in your tracks, dropping to the ground (floor), and rolling over and over to put out the flames. 

3.   Children and teachers can transform the dramatic play area into a fire station.  Teachers supply various props such as plastic fire hats, a bell, a telephone and picture books about fire fighters. 

4.   Make an appointment at the local firehouse and take your preschool class on a neighborhood trip to the fire station. Children will have the opportunity to see firefighters in all their gear.  Meeting firefighters face to face will help children understand who firefighters are and that their job is to protect people. 

Make time during classroom activities to go over fire safety procedures and carry out practice fire drills.
 

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