You, the volunteer firefighter, are a hero in the eyes of children and adults. Teaching them how to protect themselves from fire just adds to their already positive view of you as a firefighter.
You don’t have to be a “certified” instructor to teach fire prevention and life safety. You can teach by what you already know as a firefighter! You know …
- How to protect yourself when putting out a fire (show off your turnout gear)
- How to use a fire extinguisher (pull, aim, squeeze, sweep)
- How to be fire-safe in the kitchen and other areas of the home
- How to be safe during the holidays
You can make it as fun and informative as you want. Take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself to promote fire prevention and life safety, whether it’s a tour of your fire hall, visiting a senior center or talking to a group of school students.
A little up-front knowledge of who your audience is will be the driver of your presentation. If you are presenting to senior citizens, you don’t have to tailor your “talk,” because they will understand you as long as you don’t get technical – use common, everyday language. If your audience is going to be small children, you just need to have a little fun with your presentation – get down on the floor with them, put on your turnout gear, show them what you are talking about and get them involved!
Fire prevention and life safety education doesn’t have to be complicated – or boring – so, get out there and have some fun!
FASNY provides department educators and classroom teachers with the fire prevention and life safety education resources below. Follow the links to find relevant information and downloads that will help you inform the public during Fire Prevention Week and year round.