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Fire Safety at Home

Be Cool About Fire Safety Part 1

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported

Do you know what to do in case of fire?
As you go through this animated slide show you will learn fire safety, including how to create a home escape plan. It also has other safety lessons to learn in a fun way.

Home Fire Escape Pan Grid
Page to print out with your emergency number and grid for drawing escape plan for your home.

EDITH – Exit Drills In The Home
Videos on how to plan to escape a home fire.

The Invisible Fire Extinguisher
Learn how to blow out a candle with invisible carbon dioxide gas. There’s a lot of chemistry behind the simple lighting of a candle. Oxygen is needed for the candle to burn, the melting (vaporizing) wax provides the fuel and, of course, you need heat. Remove any of the three (oxygen, heat, or fuel) in the fire triangle and the flame goes out.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
Just remember the word PASS – Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep.

Smokey Bear’s Seven Campfire Safety Tips
Have you thought about a safer way to have a warm, crackling fire in your camping area? Smokey Bear has given EEK! seven tips for you and your parents to follow when you want a campfire. Always ask a parent to help you when around a fire because fires can be dangerous!


Smokey The Bear’s Official Home Page
Learn how to prevent forest fires and save baby forest animals by playing these games. Science: ecology, biology.

Sparky the Fire Dog
Hi kids! I’m Sparky the Fire Dog, the official “spokesdog” of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The NFPA works to make you and your family safe from fire and other risks. There’s a lot to do and see on my homepage, so let’s get started.

Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Official Kid’s Website
I’m Flash, a Junior Fire Marshal and your official guide. Let me show you around. There are a lot of *hot* things to do at this site.

Use Candles with Care
Work with a grown-up and follow these tips from Sparky® to make sure that candles are used safely in your home.

Be Cool About Fire Safety Part 2

Fire Trucks

Big Fire Engine Book
by Virginia Brody (fl.1960) Illustrations by Mazoujian. New York, McGraw-Hill, 1958. This online edition is dedicated to Firemen everywhere, especially the Firemen of New York City. An easy to read online book for children.

Fires in History

Firefighting In Colonial America
In January 1608, a devastating fire destroyed most of the colonists’ provisions and lodgings. Smith made a concise assessment of the situation: “I begin to think that it is safer for me to dwell in the wild Indian country than in this stockade, where fools accidentally discharge their muskets and others burn down their homes at night.”


The Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory
The Chicago Historical Society retells the story of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow.

Story of an Eyewitness
Collier’s, May 5, 1906. Jack London went to the scene of the San Francisco Fire & Earthquake and wrote the following dramatic description of the tragic events he witnessed in the burning city.

Other Ideas

Measure rooms and make a floor plan of your home, adding arrows to show where to get out of each room fastest in case of fire. Plan where to meet outside.

Test combustibility of various scraps in a fireplace or barbeque. Note speed it catches, color and odor of smoke. Stress safety and that such “experiments” are only to be done with a parent present.

Create a home video where you and your brothers and sisters and friends act out the roles of children behaving correctly and incorrectly around fire.

Art: crayon resist. On heavy paper, scribble patches with yellow and orange and red crayons. Then color with black all over it. Use various sharp instruments to scratch away the black crayon. Stress that though fire is bright, the smoke makes everything real dark.


Music: Learn the round “Scotland’s Burning.” — words and actions.

Scotland’s burning. Scotland’s Burning. (Slap both hands to knees.)
Look out! Look out! (First one hand and then the other over eyebrows, looking out.)
Fire, Fire! Fire, Fire! (Wave hands in the air vigorously.)
Pour on water. Pour on water. (Imitate pouring bucket of water on fire.)

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