Fire Safety Lessons for First Grade

Get Low and Go & Family Meeting Spot

Objective:
Following this lesson, students will know how to escape a smoke-filled room.
Time Needed: 15 minutes
Supplies Needed: Sheet, safety mat

Activity:
  1. Explain the concept of "smoke rises" and why children need to crawl to get out of a smoke-filled room.
  2. Put out safety mats.  Hold one side of the sheet and ask a volunteer to hold the other side.
  3. Tell children that the sheet represents smoke.  Explain that the bad are is above the sheet and the good air is below, so they need to crawl under it to get out.
  4. Have students take turns crawling under the sheet.
  5. Once everyone has had a turn, talk to the children about the importance of choosing a family meeting place outside the home and going there in case of a fire.
  6. Review the concept of "smoke rises" and the importance of having a family meeting spot.
Recognizes Home Hazards

Objective: Following this lesson, students will be able to recognize fire hazards in their home.
Time Needed: 15 minutes
Supplies Needed: House outline, photos, tape

Activity:
  1. Tape house outline to the wall with hazards attached. Explain to children that a hazard is something that is dangerous and could start a fire.
  2. Ask for volunteers to name something on the picture that is a hazard.
  3. Remove each item as it is named.  Explain why it is a hazard.
  4. Once all the hazards have been removed, explain that some things are missing from the picture to keep the house safe.  Ask for volunteers to name something that is missing.  (Fire extinguisher, home escape plan, smoke alarms).
  5. Attach each item as it is named.  Explain why each is needed.