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I really wanted to boys to understand that when a fire alarm sounds, you pay attention and get out quickly. I found a wonderful book, Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill, by Jamie Harper, to help me explain this to them.
Miss Mingo is a teacher to a rambunctious class full of animals who do not always want to listen. When she tries to prepare them for a class fire drill mischief and mayhem follows. But in the end, they figure it out and ace their drill. The book is really fun with all the animal antics and my boys loved it. It was a perfect way to start talking about what to do in case of a fire with enough silliness to not scare them.
After we read Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill, we decided to act out the book with our own toy animals. This was a great way to have the boys show me what we had read in the book and reinforce the concept of a fire drill.
We started by setting up our toy animals inside our schoolhouse, just like in the book. The fire truck was on hand too to help us with our drill. We talked about how important it is to listen for the fire alarm sounds, and to stay calm in an emergency.
Then we had our "fire drill." All the animals lined up and got out safely.
One of the boys even dressed up as the Fire Chief to help make sure everything was in order. This gave us a great chance to talk about firemen and how they are helpers in an emergency.
Reading about and then having our own pretend play fire drill really helped the boys to begin to understand safety when it comes to a potential fire without overwhelming them. It also gave me a great opportunity to refresh our family's fire safety plan, starting with our smoke detectors.
Energizer® started the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery™ program to help keep families safe. It's simple: when you change the time on your clock, change your smoke detector battery too. What an easy way to remember something that could possibly save your family's lives in a fire emergency.
I have been following the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery™ idea for years, so on my last trip to Target I picked up some Energizer® Max® batteries for my smoke detectors, knowing that the time change is coming up on November 1.
It only takes a few minutes to change the batteries, and I am assured that my smoke detectors will be working when I need them.
For more fire safety planning information, download a Free Fire Safety Checklist here.
Reinforce your kids' fire safety learning with a fun Fire Safety Coloring Sheet here.
How do you teach your kids about Fire Safety? Let me know in the comments below, and click here to learn more about Energizer® Max® batteries and the Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries™ program!