Prevention Messaging for Children and Youth

The information below is designed to teach young and school-aged children about the importance of being safe around matches, lighters, smoking materials, fire and hot objects.

Firefighters are Community Helpers

  • Firefighters help the community stay safe from fire.
  • Firefighters wear special clothes and equipment to help them stay safe from fire and smoke.
  • The equipment can look and sound scary, but it keeps the firefighter safe.
  • We do not need to be afraid of firefighters even though their equipment can look and sound scary.

When You Hear a Smoke Alarm, Get Outside and Stay Outside

  • Smoke alarms are very important.
  • A smoke alarm will let you know if there is a fire in your home.
  • Most smoke alarms make a loud “beep, beep, beep” sound if there is smoke.
  • When you hear the smoke alarm, get outside and stay outside until a grown-up says it’s safe to go back inside.

Practice a Fire Drill with Your Family

  • The smoke alarm makes a “beep, beep, beep” sound.
  • If you hear “beep, beep, beep,” get up and walk. Do not run, but walk quickly.
  • Know two ways out of every room.
  • Get yourself outside quickly.
  • Go to your outside meeting place with your family.

Stay Away from Hot Things

  • Stay away from hot things. Do not touch them.
  • Do not touch things that are sometimes hot.
  • Do not touch matches or lighters. Matches and lighters are dangerous and can be hot.
  • Walk away and tell a grown-up if you see matches and lighters.
  • Only grown-ups should use matches and lighters.

Tell a Grown-up If you See Matches and Lighters

  • Stay away from hot things. Do not touch them.
  • Do not touch matches or lighters. Matches and lighters are dangerous and can be hot.
  • Walk away and tell a grown-up if you find matches or lighters.
  • Only grown-ups should use matches and lighters.

Smoke Alarms are Important

  • You need smoke alarms in your home.
  • Having a smoke alarm in your bedroom is important so the alarm will beep where you sleep.
  • A smoke alarm will let you know if there is a fire in your home.
  • A smoke alarm will make a loud “beep, beep, beep (pause), beep, beep, beep (pause)” sound if there is smoke.
  • If the smoke alarm sounds, everyone should get outside. Stay outside until a grown-up says it is safe to go back inside.

Get Outside, Stay Outside

Here are five important things to do if the smoke alarm sounds:

  • Get up and walk. Do not run, but walk as fast as you can.
  • Learn two ways out of every room. It may be two doors or a door and a window.
  • Get yourself outside quickly. Do not stop to pick up toys or pets.
  • Wait at your outside meeting place with your family.
  • Stay at the outside meeting place until help arrives or a grown-up says it is safe to go inside.

Fire Drills at School

  • When the alarm sounds, stop what you are doing and listen for instruction from your teacher or principal.
  • Go quickly and quietly to your meeting place outside the school. Stay outside.
  • Be sure to stay with your classmates. Your teacher will take attendance to make sure all students are safe.

Stay Away from Hot Things

  • There are things inside and outside the home that are hot or can get hot.
  • Things that are hot can burn and hurt you.
  • Stay away from hot things. Do not touch them.
  • If an item might be hot, stay away and ask a grown-up for help.
  • Things that are hot or could be hot include bath water, soup, stoves, radiators, flat irons, curling irons, fireplace irons, coffee, matches, lighters, and many other items.
  • Do not touch matches or lighters. Tell a grown-up if you find matches or lighters.

Matches and Lighters are for Grown-ups

  • Stay away from hot things. Do not touch them.
  • Do not touch matches or lighters. Matches and lighters are dangerous and can be hot.
  • Walk away and tell a grown-up if you find matches or lighters.
  • Only grown-ups should use matches and lighters.

Firefighters are Community Helpers

  • Firefighters help the community stay safe from fire.
  • Firefighters wear special gear (clothes and equipment) to help them stay safe from fire.
  • The equipment can look and sound scary, but it keeps the firefighter safe.
  • We do not need to be afraid of firefighters even though their equipment can look and sound scary.
 

Smoke Alarms are Important

  • A smoke alarm will let you know if there is a fire in your home.
  • It will make a loud “beep, beep, beep (pause), beep, beep, beep (pause)” sound if there is smoke.
  • If the smoke alarm sounds, everyone should leave the home right away.
  • You need smoke alarms in your home.

Get Outside, Stay Outside

  • Every room needs two ways out.
  • One way out would be the door and the second way out might be a window.
  • Make sure your bedroom or where you sleep has a smoke alarm so you will wake up quickly and be able to use the door to get outside. You must be able to hear the “beep, beep, beep” of the smoke alarm wherever you sleep.
  • It is important to have a meeting place outside the home. A good meeting place might be a neighbor’s home, a special tree, a neighborhood store next door, a mailbox, or a street light.
  • If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and go to your meeting place. Wait for your family to meet you. Grown-ups will know that everyone is safe.
  • It is important that after hearing the smoke alarm you get outside and stay outside.

Report an Emergency

  • The fire department is a community helper.
  • The fire department will help if there is an emergency. An emergency could be a fire or it could be someone in your home who is sick or hurt.
  • Remember, you call the fire department only in an emergency. Calling the fire department when there is no emergency could cause others to not get the help they need.
  • The number to call for our fire department is ________________.

Stay Away from Hot Things

  • There are things inside and outside the home that are hot or can get hot.
  • Things that are hot or can get hot include bathtub water, soup, stoves, radiators, fireplaces, matches, lighters, flat irons, coffee, and many more things.
  • Stay away from anything that is hot or could be hot. This means: Do not touch anything that could be hot.
  • If you are unsure if something is hot, you should stay away from it and check with a grown-up.
  • Things that are hot can burn and hurt you.

Fire Drills at School

When the alarm sounds:

  • Stop what you are doing.
  • Listen for instructions from your teacher or principal.
  • Go quickly and quietly to your meeting place outside the school.
  • Be sure to stay with your classmates. Your teacher will take attendance to make sure all students are safe.

Know When to Stop, Drop, and Roll

  • Stay away from fire. Fire from a match, lighter, fireplace, or grill could catch clothes on fire.
  • Clothes on fire can cause a bad burn and hurt very much.
  • If your clothes catch fire or if fire gets on clothes:
  • Stop where you are.
  • Drop to the ground – lay flat with your legs out straight and cover your eyes and mouth with your hands.
  • Roll over and over and back and forth until the flames are out.
  • Get help from a grown-up who will cool the burn and get medical help.
  • The most important thing to remember is to stay away from fire. It can catch your clothes on fire. Use “stop, drop, and roll” only if your clothes are on fire.
 

Smoke Alarms are Important

  • A smoke alarm will let people know if there is a fire in their home.
  • Every home needs working smoke alarms.
  • If there is smoke, the smoke alarm will make a loud “beep, beep, beep (pause), beep, beep, beep (pause)” sound.
  • Make sure there is a smoke alarm where people sleep so they will wake up quickly and be able to get outside. Everyone must be able to hear the “beep, beep, beep” of the smoke alarm wherever they sleep.
  • Here are four important things to do if the smoke alarm sounds:
    • Stop what you are doing.
    • Choose the best way out of the room.
    • Get outside quickly.
    • Go to your outside meeting place.

Plan and Practice Your Home Fire Escape Drill

  • Every room needs two ways out.
  • One way out would be the door and the second way out might be a window.
  • It is important to have a meeting place outside the home. A good meeting place might be a neighbor’s home, a special tree, a mailbox, or a street light.
  • A home fire escape plan is a plan to get out of the home quickly in case there is a fire.
  • Families should practice their home fire escape drill at least twice a year.
  • It is important to know the home fire escape plan in each home where you sleep. It could be the home of a family member or a friend’s house, but you should know the two ways out of each room and the outside meeting place in case there is a fire while you are visiting.

Report an Emergency

  • The fire department will help if there is an emergency. Examples of an emergency include fire and serious injury.
  • Remember, you call the fire department only in an emergency. Calling the fire department when there is no emergency could cause others to not get the help they need. It can also put firefighters in danger needlessly.
  • When the fire department answers the phone, tell them:
    • The type of emergency.
    • Your name.
    • The location that you are calling from.
    • The telephone number from where you are calling.
    • Stay on the telephone until the fire department tells you to hang up.

Stay Away from Hot Things

  • There are things inside and outside that are hot or can get hot.
  • Things that are hot or can get hot include bath water, a stove, a fireplace, coffee, soup, matches, lighters, and many other things.
  • Stay away from hot things. Do not touch them. If you are unsure if something is hot, stay away and check with a grown-up.
  • Do not touch matches or lighters. Matches and lighters are dangerous and can be hot.
  • Walk away and tell a grown-up if you find matches or lighters.
  • Only grown-ups should use matches and lighters.

Kid-Free Zones at Home

  • Things that get hot can cause serious burns.
  • There should be a 1 metre “kid-free zone” around the stove, oven, and heating sources.
  • Remind grown-ups to keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet (1 metre) away from hot things.
  • Only grown-ups should be around items that are hot or could get hot.

Know When to Stop, Drop, and Roll

  • “Stop, drop, and roll” is used when clothing catches fire.
  • If your clothes catch fire: (Also: When fire gets on clothes:)
    • Stop where you are.
    • Drop to the ground and cover your eyes and mouth with your hands.
    • Roll over and over and back and forth until the flames are out.
    • Get help from a grown-up who will cool the burn and get medical help.

 

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