Fire can be helpful
When handled with care.
But fire and children
Do not make a pair!
So don't play with matches
Or anything hot.
Adults may use fire,
But children should not!

~Pauline C. Peck
~Fire Song~

FIRE! fIRE! FIRE! 
(Hands cupping mouth)
Hear the sirens blowing
(Hand to ear)
FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!
(Hands cupping mouth)
Everybody's going!
(Walking in place)
Climb the ladder
(Pretend to climb a ladder)
Squirt the hose
(Holding a hose)
With a SH, Sh, Sh, Sh
(Moving hose from left to right)
Out the fire goes!
(Clap hands together)
Idea from K teacher Mrs. Blair
      Glad Smokey~Sad Smokey

Read and discuss the story of Smokey The Bear and then do the activity below.

1.  Give each child 2 small bear head cut outs. 
2.  Glue a red construction paper fire hat to each bear.  These may be pre-cut or you can
      let the kids make them.
3.  Have the children draw eyes and a nose on each bear.  Then add a happy face to one
     bear and a sad face to the other bear.
4.  Tape each bear head to a craft stick or straw.
5.  Read the following sentences below and let the children hold up the bear that shows
     how Smokey would feel.

*There were some children playing with matches.  (sad Smokey)

*I have a smoke detector in my home. (happy Smokey)

*I know how to call the Fire Department.  (happy Smokey)

*I have an escape route to get out of my house if there is a fire.  (happy Smokey)

*Someone threw a cigarette on the ground.  (sad Smokey)

*Some campers left their campfire burning.  (sadSmokey)

*I know where to meet my family outside if there is a fire.  (happy Smokey)

*I do not play with fire.  (happy Smokey)

Etc...  The kids love the puppets and remember their Fire Safety Rules.
Order a copy of The Story Of Smokey The Bear
Smokey the Bear Web Site
USFA Resources and Activites
Free Sesame Street Fire Safety Station Kit
Great for grades K and 1
Escape Route Homework


During our week long fire safety unit I always send the following note home to parents:

Dear Parents,
We have talked about the importance of fire drills and fire escape plans.  Please help your child complete the checklist below. On the back of the checklist help your child to draw a picture of the floorplan of your house and include a path showing the best fire escape route.
Thank You,
Mrs. Fischer

How Safe Is Your Home?                                

1.  Does your home have a smoke detector?

2.  Does the smoke detector work?

3.  Are all matches and lighters in a place where
     small children cannot get them?

4.  Do you know that no one should play with matches?

5.  Is the telephone number for the fire dept. near the phone?

6.  Do you know how to call the fire dept.?

7.  Are all electrical cords in good shape, not worn or
     frayed?

8.  Are all cords our of children's reach?

9.  Do you keep newspapers and other things that can catch fire
     away from stoves and heaters?

10.  If there is a fire will each person in your home know
      where to meet outside?

The children bring these back throughout Fire Safety Week and we share
our plans at the carpet during circle time.

     
This action rhyme is a pleasant reminder of a smoke detector's work.

Always Alert

I am a smoke detector and I say "Beep"
(squat)
I am your nose when you're asleep.
(point to your nose; then pretend to sleep)
If there is a fire and smoke is all around,
(Wiggle hand and fingrs all aroun.)
I'll wake you up with a very loud sound.
(Jump up and raise your hands high.)
BEE-EE-EE-EEP!
(Everyone beeping.)

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