It’s Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15, 2016, so it’s a perfect time to make sure that your family discusses fire safety both at school and at home. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a host of resources for parents and educators to make it easy to talk about fire prevention with kids of all ages. The latest video at SparkysSchoolhouse.org celebrates Firefighting’s weird history and fascinating future:
My 8-year-old son particularly enjoyed the firefighting historical fact about beards. Did you know that in the 1800s, firefighters dipped their then-fashionable long beards into water and then tucked them into their mouths to form a crude filters through which to breathe during fires? The animated video of an old-school firefighter with a wet beard cracked up my third grader, while my high-school freshman joked that given the current hipster trend toward long beards, this particular practice could be used again. Of course, nowadays firefighters have high-tech breathing equipment!
Watch the video:
Lastly, the NFPA also shares grade-by-grade lessons that can be discussed at home. It can’t be said enough that it’s important for parents to discuss fire safety with their children, even very young preschoolers and kindergartners.
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