Fire Prevention Week is a national, week-long observance that teaches children, as well as adults, the importance of fire safety and prevention. According to the National Fire Prevention Association’s website, Fire Prevention Week began as a commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire. The Great Chicago Fire was a massive and destructive fire that occurred in the beginning of October of 1871. The fire took more than 250 lives, destroyed more than 17,000 structures and homes, leaving thousands and thousands of people homeless, and burned more than 2,000 acres. In 1911, The Fire Marshals Association of North America decided that from here on the anniversaries of the fire should consist of informing the public about the importance of fire prevention, rather than celebratory festivals.
The observance is now sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). During this week, it is common for firefighters from local fire departments to enter classrooms and teach children about fire safety. If firefighters are not able to come to the classroom, then teachers usually step in, or should, to teach children about the importance of fire safety. Teachers can visit www.nfpa.org for information about fire safety and prevention, as well as classroom lessons appropriate for all ages. Windy City Novelties also provides fire safety gifts and decorations teachers may use to encourage students to learn during Fire Prevention Week, which falls on October 6th through October 12th this year.
Fire Safety Decorations
If your school is having local firefighters come in to talk about fire safety, welcome the firefighters with a customizable firefighter banner. The banners come in various sizes, such as a small 12” x 24” for the classroom, or a 36” x 72” for the main entrance of the school.
Regardless of if your school is having members from the local fire department come in to lecture students about fire safety, you can decorate the classroom with firefighter themed decorations for Fire Prevention Week. Hang firefighter danglers from the ceiling all throughout the classroom, and set up a fire truck table centerpiece, or two, somewhere in the classroom.
Other Fire Safety Items
In order to encourage students to learn about the importance of fire safety, you can hand out incentives. When a student answers a question about fire prevention correctly, reward them with a red plastic fireman hat, a flame pencil, or a firefighter toy figure. Most of these items are sold by the dozen, making it easy to purchase for classrooms. Again, visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website for printable lessons on fire safety.
One activity teachers can have younger students participate in is coloring in a fire safety coloring book. However, the students must understand what is happening in each picture. This would be a good way to explain a few fire safety procedures, and to make sure the children comprehend that fire safety is important. Each coloring book consists of eight pages.
When firefighters come to teach the students about fire prevention, they can give each child a junior firefighter badge to get them excited about what they are learning.
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