It can be a challenge to get your children to pay attention in general, but how can you make sure they really hear you when it comes to fire safety? Get them excited to learn by taking a creative approach that they’re more likely to enjoy and remember. Here are three ways to make fire safety more interesting for children.
Visit a Fire Station
A fun field trip to the fire station is a great way to introduce your child to the importance of fire safety. Most stations welcome visits from children and will happily give your kids a tour and let them get up close and personal with a fire truck. Just be sure to call ahead to ask about availability.
Practice At-Home Simulations
Does your child know what to do if a fire breaks out in your home? Play-act different scenarios to go over the proper response. Switch roles to make this activity a little sillier and fun (Okay, now you be Mommy and I’ll be you!) while still driving home the importance of the lesson. Check out this fire safety checklist for children which gets them involved.
Nothing captures the attention of a child better than an electronic screen. Use the power of technology to teach fire safety through videos or interactive computer games. Check out Sparky.org and let your child learn by playing with Sparky the Fire Dog.
Remember, even if you don’t think your children are listening, they often retain more than expected. Make sure fire safety is something discussed regularly in your home and put in the effort to create learning experiences your children will enjoy. You’ll gain the peace of mind that they know what to do in a dangerous situation and they’ll replace fear with confidence.