This is a post sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and Sparky.org.
Did you know that in a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds? No one likes to think about the possibility of a fire in their home but teaching fire safety along with escape planning and practice can be a huge help in making the most of the time you have.
This week is Fire Prevention Week (FPW), a single week during October Fire Prevention Month when the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) works to educate everyone about small, but important actions, to take to keep themselves and those around them safe. NFPA has exclusive, instructive Fire Prevention Week materials for teachers and parents that make essential and important fire safety learning engaging and memorable for children.
Years ago when I was a first grade teacher, I was always trying to plan creative ways to teach my students about fire safety during National Fire Prevention Week. I had a stack of favorite books for read-alouds and an entire folder of fun activities featuring Sparky the Fire Dog who I hoped would teach important lessons that would help them stay safe.
Created as the mascot for the NFP in 1951, Sparky is the beloved mascot and symbol of fire safety who my students loved. They came to associate with fire safety through their worksheets and now a new generation can learn important lessons about fire safety through incredible free digital resources that can be used during the month of October and throughout the year.
4 Free Resources to Teach Fire Safety to Preschoolers and Elementary Ages