This is post is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and Sparky.org.
Fire prevention and fire safety are important topics, but I’ve been remiss in discussing it with my kids. I’m not always sure where to start the conversation without scaring them. Since October is Fire Prevention Month and Fire Prevention Week is October 9 – 15, let’s take some time to talk to our kids about this important topic.
Teaching Fire Safety to Kids
I’m glad that the National Fire Protection Association has created resources and free Sparky’s Firehouse app to help parents like you and me. (Teachers too!) The free app is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon apps. Kids can play directly on Sparky’s website too.
Jaxson, who is 6, was more than happy to test out Sparky’s Firehouse. As he played the different games in the app, he learned about fire stations, fire trucks, and smoke detectors. Though, he’s already familiar with the blaring sound of the smoke detector thanks to some of my smoky cooking incidents. The app teaches him (in a fun way) what to expect and what to do when he hears a smoke detector.
I recommend the app for kids ages 7 and under. It’s great for preschool and lower elementary school students because the instructions are spoken. Playing Sparky’s Firehouse is a good conversation started about fire safety.
Free Fire Safety Resources for Parents and Teachers
The NFPA also provides resources for teachers and parents to continue the learning. There’s free lesson plans, printable worksheets, coloring pages, and party kits available for download.
Make sure to check out the Digital Backpack for fun, easy-to-share videos about fire safety. If your little one is a Steve Songs fan, they’ll love these videos!
For more information and resources for your family, visit NFPA on social media:
- @NFPA on Twitter
- @Sparky_Fire_Dog on Twitter
- @theNFPA on Facebook
- @SparkyTheFireDog on Facebook
- @NFPAdotorg & #SparkytheFireDog on Instagram
- @NFPA on Pinterest
- @NFPAdotorg on Google +
How do you talk to your kids about fire safety?