Fire Safety Lessons for Fourth Grade

Have and Practice a Home Escape Plan

Objective: By the end of the lesson, students will know how to make their own home escape plan.
Time needed: 20 minutes
Supplies needed:  White board, dry erase marker, Escape Plan handouts
  
Activity:
  1. Explain purpose of knowing two ways out of every room.  Explain that this pertains to both homes and public places they visit (EXIT signs)
  2. Tell group you are going to practice drawing a home escape plan. (Explain that you are drawing the room from a “birds eye view”.)
  3. Have kids point out the first way and 2nd way out of each room.  Draw them on the escape plan.
  4. Discuss having a family meeting place.
  5. Explain that if you are in a multi-story building with no way out, they should open window and scream for help.
  6. Encourage them to draw their own home escape plan on their handout.
 
Installs and Maintains Smoke Alarms

Objective:  By the end of the lesson, students should know where smoke alarms should be place and how to maintain them.
Time needed: 15 minutes
Supplies needed: Smoke alarm, Handouts, tape

Activity:
  1. Ask the students, “does anyone know the best way to protect yourself from getting hurt or killed in fire?” (Having enough working smoke alarms)
  2. Explain to children where smoke alarms should be installed (in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home)
  3. Give them each a handout and ask them to draw where the smoke alarms should go.  Once complete, review the correct answers (in each bedroom, in the hallway on each level)
  4. Explain to children how to maintain their alarms: test battery monthly, replace battery yearly, replace alarms every 10 years.
  5. Show children how to test the alarm.
  6. Pass around the alarm and have the children take turns testing it.