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Fire Safety for Children


Fire Engine Activity Box for Preschools

For nurseries and preschools we have a fire engine activity box which can be loaned for two weeks.

The box contains a pop up fire engine tent, firefighters tunics, helmets, toy fire extinguishers, fireman Sam video, torch, loudspeaker, hats, posters, pictures, lots of exciting story and information books and activity ideas which help the children to learn about fire safety in a fun and interactive way.

We have also produced a PowerPoint “What do firefighters do?” which will help the children understand the job of a modern firefighter.

If you would like to use the box, or would like any more information please contact us.

Songs for Junior Fire Safety Champions

Thanks to a grant from the Electrical Safety Council, ‘Songs for Junior Fire Safety Champions’ resource packs and CDs have been developed and given to Primary Schools throughout the county.

The 9 songs will effectively raise key fire safety messages with children in an engaging way through the medium of music.

The songs have a sung version and an instrumental version with a presentation featuring the lyrics to enable children to sing along and join in with actions.

A guidance booklet has been written for teachers containing ideas of how to use the resource in assemblies and key learning points for each song.

All songs and lyrics are on www.youtube.com

and can also be found on: www.soundcloud.com

Songs for JFSC Songs Booklet (pdf, 1,394.1 Mb)

Primary schools:

Years 1 and 5

The WFRS have a progressive education programme available to Primary Schools throughout the county. In Primary Schools, our aim is to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of fire safety behaviour and to provide them with survival skills in the event of a fire.

There are two levels of fire safety sessions that are delivered by firefighters from a local fire station, or a member of the community fire safety team.

The sessions are designed to be interactive and use a variety of resources and visual aids. Pupil booklets are also left with staff at the end of the visit to enable follow up work and to reinforce the learning objectives of fire safety.

Content of year 1 session:

  • Looking at firekit
  • Good and bad fires
  • Don’t play with matches and lighters
  • Stop, drop and roll
  • Smoke alarms
  • Crawl low in smoke
  • Simple fire plans at home

Giveaways to give to pupils

  • ‘Firefighters – People Who Help Us’ booklets
  • Frances the Firefly booklets
  • Firefighter glove puppets
  • Songs for Junior Fire Safety Champion bookmarks
  • Sticker
  • Letter for parent/carers

Content of year 5 session:

  • Junior Fire Safety Champion scheme
  • Smoke alarms and crawling low in smoke
  • School fire drill and home fire escape plans
  • Stop, drop and roll
  • Making a 999 call
  • Hoax calls

Giveaways to give to pupils:

  • Year 5 Fire Safety booklet
  • Junior Fire Safety Champion booklets
  • Songs for Junior Fire Safety Champion bookmarks
  • JFSC stickers
  • Pens – hoax calls cost lives
  • Rulers

Great Fire of London

On 2 September 1666, a fire started in a bakery in Pudding Lane. It spread quickly. People used water in leather buckets to fight the fires. But the flames were too hot. The only way to stop the fire was to blow up houses, so flames could not jump from street to street.

The Great Fire burned for four days. More than 13,000 houses were destroyed in the disaster, but very few people were killed.

The Great Fire of London Facts (docx, 187 Kb)
The Great Fire of London Poems (docx, 188 Kb)
The Great Fire of London Summary (docx, 187 Kb)

For more information for KS1 Great Fire of London please visit: www.fireoflondon.org.uk

Junior Fire Safety Champion Scheme

The Junior Fire Safety Champion Scheme is for year 5 pupils as part of our education programme in Primary Schools.

During the session delivered by firefighters, pupils are given a hazard spotting exercise. This gives them the skills and knowledge to carry out a fire safety check at home with the people they live with. Pupils return the completed check to school and are not only awarded with a Junior Fire Safety Champion certificate, but also have a chance to win a £25 WHSmith voucher!

Junior Fire Safety Champion Scheme Poster (pdf, 623 Kb)

By helping to keep pupils and their families’ safe – YOUR school could also win a trophy!

Child Friendly Home Fire Safety

Many fires that happen within the home are caused by people being careless and could be prevented.

You can help to keep you and your family safe by looking for hazards at home and carrying out a simple fire safety check.

For each question, circle yes or no. Answers in green are excellent, any answers in red means that action needs to be taken.

Child Home Fire Safety Check (pdf, 1,347.3 Mb)

Apply for a home fire safety check: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/firesafetycheck.

Secondary school:

Year 7

In targeted Secondary Schools, the WFRS have developed a scheme of work entitled FIRE! The scheme is for year 7 and includes a pupil booklet, teacher guidance booklet and an audio CD called ‘Fire Experience’.

The Scheme ‘FIRE!’ is used by teachers in Schools during Personal, Social and Health Education / Citizenship lessons; pupils will have worked through the scheme before they receive a visit by a Community Fire Safety Officer and so have some knowledge of fire safety and arson awareness.

The interactive session delivered by the Officer reinforces and extends the fire safety messages contained in ‘FIRE!’ and pupils are very interested in hearing the firefighters talk from first hand experience about the consequences of fire and arson.

Content of year 7 session:

  • Introduction
  • Escape Plans
  • Smoke alarms
  • DVD– ‘Fireraisers’
  • Summary and questions

Giveaways given to pupils at the end of the session include:

  • Fire Safety in the Home leaflet
  • Letter for parents
  • Pens

Fire Safety for Children was last updated on April 22, 2015.