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Hello and I hope everyone had a great Mother's day! Today I want to start off with a little story.
My parents have been doing a lot of work on their house, and a few weeks back Emily and I were visiting when my dad was putting in a new smoke alarm. Emily was intrigued by what it was, but when my dad pushed the test button to show her how it worked it startled her. A bit later she was talking to me about it and told me she was glad that OUR house didn't need that alarm! When I told her we did actually have a smoke alarm in our house she became so upset and afraid, she thought the alarm itself meant our house WOULD burn down, and that terrified her.
The idea of your house burning down is, of course, terrifying, but I realized that we had never discussed any type of plan of what we'd do in case there was a fire, and what Emily should do to keep herself safe.
So I got onto Amazon and found these two books to give us a starting place to help Emily feel more prepared if ever she is in a place where there is a fire.
First, we got this Plan and Prepare book about what to do if there is a fire and read it together. This book is perfectly geared towards small children with images and music to accompany the lessons it's teaching about fire safety. The book talks about making a plan with your family of how you'll get out of the house f there is a fire, where you'll meet, crawling to get low under smoke, and not opening hot doors.
If you can use music to teach these principles to your kids they'll remember them better, and the idea of a fire in your house will seem less scary because they'll know what to do to get out and be safe.
This Stop, Drop, and Roll book is the perfect book to teach about personal fire safety. Every adult probably remembers being taught "stop, drop, and roll" as a kid in school, and now it's time to teach it to our kids. Again, this books can help your kids not be paralyzed by fear when it comes to fire danger, but instead feel equipped about what to do in case there is a fire nearby, or if they, for some reason, find themselves on fire. The pictures clearly depict how you do each step, and again this fire safety book includes music to help solidify this fire safety protocol in you kid's minds.
These two fire safety books were a great intro to talk to my three year old about what to do if there was ever a fire in our home. It can be easy to forget to talk about these things with your kids. Once we were able to be clear on what to do I was able to reassure her that our home will PROBABLY never catch fire. We don't need to live ours lives in fear. However, if there ever is a fire, if we know what to do, we will be okay.
What other tips do you have for how to teach your kids about fire safety?
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Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!