The last time I visited my niece and nephews in Houston, while watching them wrestle outside, I stumbled upon an article about a 5th grade boy saving his family from their burning home. As I looked across the back yard, it hit me, would these three kids know how to react during a fire? Are my niece and nephews as brave as this 5th grader?
After some vigorous online research, I found some great advice on preparing kids for a possible fire. The idea of a house fire would have given my sensitive niece nightmares, so finding advice on how to introduce the idea without terrifying her and her brothers was vital. Nick Jr. had the best relatable information on fire causes and importance of having a plan (link).
It was suggested by a friend that I contact the local fire station and inquire about a tour of the facility. The moment we walked through the garage doors there were all sorts of safety equipment for them to see and ask questions about. The firemen on duty were very patient with the kid’s curious questions (my nephew asked if the fire engine was a transformer). The kids received an interactive fire safety speech that ended with Q&A’s.
On our way home, I asked them what they had learned, and what they’d do if there is a fire. I was blown away with their answers. They learned a lot, and had a fantastic time. At home, we worked together on developing a plan. They loved being involved in creating something important for the whole family.
I am much more confident now that they’ll react as quickly as the brave 5th grader did when he awoke to a fire in his home.
You can request a visit from firefighters to a school or schedule a tour at a station in Baton Rouge by submitting this form.