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Children's Fire Literacy

Example Discussion Questions for Fire Safety

  • What should you do if there is fire on your clothes? Can you show me how to Stop, Drop, and Roll?
  • Do you know what a fire drill is? What do you do during a fire drill?
  • Fire alarms can be loud and scary, but they are there to keep you safe. Have you ever heard a fire alarm? What did you do?
  • Have you ever seen a fire? Do you know what to do if there is a fire?
  • Do you know how to stop fires from starting?
  • What are some fire safety rules you should follow if you're in a fire?
  • What are common ways that fires start? How can we stop fires from starting?
  • Does your family have a fire escape plan? Do you know what to do if there is a fire in your house? What about if you're at school, or at a store?
  • Why is it important to have plan for fires and practice fire drills?
  • What should you do if you see a fire danger, like matches or a space heater left on?
  • If your house was on fire, do you know what you would save? What is the most important thing to save during a fire?
    (Answer should be: yourself! Although things in your house may be important to you, you and your family should always focus on getting yourselves to safety before anything else)
  • If the house of you or someone you know was destroyed in a fire, how do you think they would feel? How would you feel?
  • How could you help someone after their home was destroyed in a fire?
  • What are some fire hazards that you can think of? What should you do if you see a fire hazard?