Red the Fire Dog makes teaching kitchen fire safety a snap with this bright and informative presentation card. It covers a wide variety of topics in order to help children learn how to be safe in the kitchen.
The card begins by noting that cooking is a big responsibility, one that should only be undertaken when an adult is present. Children are advised that in the event of a fire, they need to warn everyone in the house, get out and stay out, go to their Safe Meeting Place, and call 9-1-1.
Stoves and ovens are frequently centrally located in the kitchen, making them a common source for fire hazards and burns. Children need to stay out of the “Kid Free Zone,” which extends three feet from these appliances. They are advised to never grab handles off of the stove or climb onto the stove or surrounding counters. And if they notice that the stove is on, they should tell an adult.
Enabling children to be proactive in kitchen fire safety is an important element of having a fire safe home. The card includes a section encouraging children to note what potential dangers they see in the pictures provided.
What’s more, the handout notes that burns can be cooled with cool water. If a child is burned, he or she is reminded to tell an adult and to refrain from putting ice, butter, or other substances on the burn. Also, hot food and drinks can burn their mouths. Children should have an adult test their food and to wait for their food to cool before they eat it.
In conclusion, Red’s message, “Be Ruff and Ready to Prevent Kitchen Fires,” is a great way to remind kids that they play an important role in their home’s fire safety.