In a daycare center or a preschool, safety is the number one priority. Fire safety is often difficult to teach to a group of toddlers. More than half of child injuries or deaths that occur in fires happen to children under the age of four.
That’s why it’s important to make fire safety fun and memorable for children, and get them to react as safely as possible in the event of a fire.
Use Characters they Know and Love
The US Fire Administration has paired with Sesame Street Workshop to create a fire safety program for children! This is built specifically for kids ages 3 to 5, with skills that will make a huge difference in case of a fire emergency. The program includes lessons, games, and activities featuring children’s favorite Sesame Street characters and covering things like fire prevention and what to do in case of a fire!
Practice Fire Drills
Once children are aware of the dangers of a fire and what methods are useful to remove themselves from the building safely, it’s time to practice the emergency evacuation plan on a regular basis. Have children understand the importance of these drills and how to calmly and quickly exit the building without panicking.
Keep Emergency Information Up to Date
All children’s emergency contact information needs to be updated regularly. Keep parent phone records up to date and accurate. Have copies in a place accessible outside the building.
Keep parents up to date on all fire safety measures and what children will be expected to do during the drills and planning stages.
Keep All Fire Safety Standards Checked
Regular checks of the facility’s fire alarms, sprinkler systems, and fire extinguishers is important. Inspections are mandatory and scheduled according to state laws.
All staff on hand should be fully aware of how to use all the fire safety equipment as well, and be prepared to operate as necessary.
After the Fire
Once the fire is out and children are safe and sound, it’s time to start assessing the damage to the school or daycare center. Alpha Omega Disaster Restoration is your trusted professional for fire restoration services. In the event of fire damage, we are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and ready to provide immediate response for fire damage restoration services.
Call us now to schedule our team, we’re ready to help start the process and return your facility to normal as quickly as possible.