Our fire safety trailer helps us teach fire safety
lessons in a number of ways.
- Explain and show why we need to crawl in smoke. The
trailer generates theatrical smoke that has roughly the same properties of real smoke. It
tends to rise to the ceiling, showing the children the importance of staying low.
- Explain and show why we need to know, and practice,
two ways out of every room. The second floor bedroom has a door that is
heated. The children are taught to feel the door with the back of their hand for heat
before opening it. If the door is hot they must escape via a different route (the ladder
from the second floor balcony.)
- Explain the importance of having an agreed upon meeting
place so that everyone can be accounted for. This could be a neighbor's house, a tree, or
even the family car. Any place will work, so long as everybody in the house knows of it in
- Explain and show how smoke detectors work and
explain the importance of changing the battery (children normally ask their parents about
this as soon as they get home). The detectors in the trailer are fully functional and
operate when the 'smoke' is released. The children are shown what to expect and taught
what to do when the alarm activates.
- Explain and show how to use the 911 system. The
children are allowed to use the in-house telephone to call 911 and report the 'incident.'
The children are taught that they must escape before they call, if at all
possible. The control room operator acts as the '911 Operator'. The children are taught
that they can call 911 if they think they need a fire truck, ambulance, police officer, or
anytime they are alone and scared and don't know what to do.