Fire Prevention Week – Day Three: Make Sure The Wee Ones Get the Message

"the younger they are when you start talking to them, the more routine it gets."

If the worst were to happen, and there was a fire in your home, would your kids know what to do?

As Fire Prevention Week continues, Barrie Fire’s Samantha Hoffmann is letting parents know it’s easy to talk to the kids about fire safety, without coming off as scary.

“Your children are never too young to start talking about fire safety,” says Hoffmann, “in fact, the younger they are when you start talking to them, the more routine it gets.”

Hoffmann says teaching your kids fire-safety habits is just like any other habit. “It doesn’t have to be scary. It’s just a casual conversation. You’re telling them what to do when the smoke alarm rings, and it becomes as routine as brushing their teeth when they go to bed at night.”

She points out some of the groundwork may have already been laid for you. “You can have a lot of fun with it when you’re doing fire drills. They’re used to doing fire drills at school, even daycares are mandated to do fire drills. So talk about their fire drill at school and ask if they want to do it at home.”

Fire Prevention Week runs until Saturday, October 12th. Barrie 360, with the help of the Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, will explore more elements of fire safety all this week.