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Fire Safety Theme

A Fire Safety theme full of activities to keep preschool children busy.

Songs, Finger Plays, and Group Time Information

Never Play With Matches…
Frere Jacques
Never, never play with matches.
If you do, if you do,
You might burn your fingers,
You might burn your fingers,
That won’t do! That won’t do!

Never, never play with matches.
If you do, if you do,
You might burn your clothes,
You might burn your clothes,
That won’t do! That won’t do!

Good Discussion Material…
Control kids’ access to fire:

1. Keep all matches and lighters out of the hands of children. If possible, keep these sources of fire in locked drawers. Consider buying only “child-proof” lighters — but be aware that no product is completely child-proof.

2. Children as young as two years old can strike matches and start fires.

3. Never leave children unattended near operating stoves or burning candles,even for a short time.

4. Teach children not to pick up matches or lighters they may find. Instead, they should tell an adult immediately.

Fire safety at home:

1. Smoke detectors should be installed on every floor of the home, especially near sleeping areas.

2. Smoke detectors should be kept clean of dust by regularly vacuuming over and around them.

3. Replace batteries in smoke detectors at least once a year. And replace the entire unit after ten years of service, or as the manufacturer recommends.

4. Families should plan and practice two escape routes from each room of their home.

5. Regularly inspect the home for fire hazards.

6. If there are adults in the home who smoke, they should use heavy safety ashtrays — and discard ashes and butts in metal, sealed containers or the toilet.

7 .If there is a fireplace in the home, the entire opening should be covered by a heavy safety screen. The chimney should be professionally inspected and cleaned annually.

Warning Signs Kids may be experimenting with fire if you notice:

1. Evidence of fire play, such as burnt matches, clothes, paper, toys, etc., or if you smell smoke in hair or clothes.

2. Inappropriate interest in firefighters and/or fire trucks, such as frequent, improper calls to the fire department or 9-1-1.

3. Child asks or tries to light cigarettes or candles for you or other adults.

4. Matches or lighters in their pockets or rooms.

I’m a Big Red Fire Truck
I’m a Little Teapot
I’m a big red fire truck long and stout,
When I am needed, I roar and shout.
People love to see me rush about,
Just turn me on and head me out.

I’m a big red fire truck stout and long,
Here’s is my ladder, tall and strong.
When I get a call, you’ll hear my song,
Just climb aboard and turn me on.

Frere Jacques
Firefighter, firefighter
You are brave, you are brave
Putting out the fires, putting out the fires
Lives you save, lives you save.

Drive The Fire Truck…
Row, Row, Row the Boat
Drive, drive, drive the fire truck.
Drive, drive, drive, drive the fire truck.
Drive, drive, drive the fire truck.
On a Sunday Morning.

Turn, turn, turn the corner.
Turn, turn, turn the corner.
Turn, turn, turn the corner.
On a Sunday morning.
Look, look, look for the fire.
Climb, climb, climb the ladder.
Spray, spray, spray the water.
Back, back, back to the station.

Home Fire Safety Checklist…
This is a terrific way to reinforce fire safety at home. We found a checklist but its easy enough to make one up. Our list goes like this;

1. I look for fire hazards in my home.
2. I know to test smoke detectors once a month.
3. I know my family fire escape plan.
4. I know how to stop, drop, and roll if my clothes are on fire.
5. I know how to stay low to keep out of smoke.
6. I know how to call the fire department in case of a fire.
7. I am careful around stoves, fireplaces, and heaters.
8. I promise to never play with matches.

We have a box next to each item so that the children and their families can check off each item. We give a special sticker to each child who returns their completed checklist.

Fire Safety…
Using a dog puppet to sing:
Tune: Popeye the Sailor Man
I’m Fire Safety Sam. (ruff, ruff)
I’m Fire Safety Sam. (ruff, ruff)

Please test smoke detectors
‘Cause they’re home protectors.

I’m Fire Safety Sam. (ruff, ruff)

Substitute lines 3 and 4 with the following words for new verses…

It’s important to say..
With matches, don’t play.

If there’s smoke you should know,
you’d better crawl low.

Have a fire escape plan.
Every family can.

If there’s a fire, get out.
Use your escape route.

Go to a neighbor’s when alone,
Then call 9-1-1 on the phone.

Clothes on fire? Here’s your goal:
First stop, then drop, and roll!

What To Do If On Fire…
I have all the kids wear sweatshirts and place orange felt *flames* on them. Then they demonstrate how to Cover, Stop, Drop, and Roll on the carpet, to put the flames out. ( I added *cover*, to teach them to cover their face with their hands while rolling.) (I don’t tell them they have to be on carpet. Heaven forbid they are on fire and running around trying to find carpet to roll on, but it does work better to get the felt off.) 🙂

Eensy Weensy Spider
The firefighter helps us learn our safety rules.
Playing with matches is only for fools.
If you see a fire, “Help, you’ll scream and shout!”
Dial 911. The firefighter will put it out


Hot And Cold…
Purchase tiny red and blue dot stickers from Office Depot and bring some items and pictures into the daycare for the kids to sort into piles. Under the red dot could be a stove, lighter, fire etc.Under the blue dot could be items like shoes, clothing, furniture etc.

Fire House…
Place riding toys to be the fire engines, ambulances and the fire chief’s car. Set up a sleeping area, boots with pants can be set up next to the bed. Give the children a bell to sound the alarm and let their imaginations run wild! Some towns if your lucky enough will donate old equipment. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

Role Play…
Provide play phones and a card with the 911 emergency number or the phone number for the local fire department. Let children act out calling the fire department to report a fire. Stress that they should only call if there is a real fire. Calling the fire department as a trick is very dangerous and foolish thing.

Flame Paints with Marbles…
Materials: Yellow and red tempera paint in small cups or bowls; marbles; box lid and manila paper

1. Let children lay a piece of manila paper in the box lid.

2. Spoon out one to three small blobs of pint on the paper and place one or more marbles in the lid.

3. By tilting the lid slightly the marbles will roll around through the paint and make “flame” designs. Add more spoonfuls of paint if desired to increase the color blending.

Art Projects

Traffic Lights…

Make a traffic light out a shoebox and we make stop signs and put them on craft sticks and we make a road. Then we played red light green light. We had the children practice crossing the road and stopping at stop signs.

Using white Styrofoam cup inverted, adding eyes, ears, a red tongue, glued on spots and a red hat. They stand on their own and are adorable.

Another Dalmatian Dog…

Each child gets a white cut out of a dog shape, the children “hot dot” them with bingo dotters, and they add a googly eye! Very cute and the kids love them!

Fire Painting…
Using colors associated with fire (red, orange) squirt or draw thick lines on the paper and add a few drops of black paint here and there. Press clear plastic wrap onto the paper and squeegee the paint around. Pull plastic off of the paper using a strong vertical pulling action. (This will cause the paint to look like fire.) When paint is dry have the children glue a black cutout of a house (windows cut out) and/or a black cutout of a fire truck.

Fire Pails…
A few years ago I sent for Fire Labels to make fire safety buckets. They were just darling…the children brought in a small coffee can…we put the label on it and filled it with baking soda…it was really cute. You might wish to see if there are still available.
Fire Pail :
ARM & HAMMER Fire Pail Brochures, P.O. Box 7468, Princeton, NJ, 08543

Arnold, Caroline, “Who Keeps Us Safe?” Watts, 1982
Bester, Roger. “Fireman Jim” Crown, 1981
Bundt, Nancy. “The Fire Station Book” Carolrhoda Books, 1981
Elliot, Dan. “A visit to the Sesame Street Firehouse” Rando House, 1983
Gibbons, Gail. “Fire!, Fire!” Harper and Row, 1984

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