Resources for Educators

Picture of Sparky the fire dog cooking with headline "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen"Educators, we want to thank you for incorporating fire prevention in your lesson plan. Teaching children about fire helps them understand the importance of being safe and preventing injury. On the NFPA's Sparky School House website, you will find so many helpful worksheets, videos and activities. You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram for activities and tips during Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4th-10th). Remember to have fun this week and be fire smart!

Below are some items on the website we recommend:

  • Lesson Plans - For preschool to 2nd grade: Learn Not to Burn program; For 3rd to 5th grade: 5-Day Lesson Plan.
  • Apps - Sparky’s Fun House, Sparky’s Brain Busters, and Sparky’s Firehouse
  • Videos
    • I Spy Cooking Safety - This video is great and goes along with the theme of Fire Prevention week.
    • I Spy Fire Safety - Great for pointing out different hazards around the house.
    • Storytime - Recommended for preschool to 1st grade, this is a great video telling the story of Sparky the fire dog.
    • Firefighting’s Weird History & Fascinating Future - Recommended for 2nd grade and up. Video explaining the changes over the years in the fire service.
    • Lessons from History - The Great Chicago Fire - Recommended grades 3rd and up. Tells the story of the great Chicago fire and the lessons learned from it.
    • Have a Career in Fire Safety - Cartoon video showing all the careers, not just firefighting that contributes in being a community helper. (Teachers included!!!! Thank you for all you do!)

Some key points to teach any grade, no matter the lesson plan:

  1. Smoke alarms - What sound do they make and what to do when one goes off. Test all smoke alarms and make sure the battery works. 
  2. Get out and stay out - Don’t worry about toys or pets, most important thing is making sure you get outside. 
  3. Escape plan - Have two ways out of every room (window/door). Make and practice an escape plan.
  4. Family meeting place - Have a designated spot that your family will meet in case of a fire. An example would be the neighbor’s tree. 
  5. Report an emergency - Go over when to call 911. Know what to tell the dispatch operator. 
  6. Kitchen Safety - Stay 3 feet away from hot items in the kitchen. 
  7. Stop, Drop, and Roll - If your clothes catch fire, don’t run! Stop, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands. Roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out. 
  8. Matches and lighters - Tell an adult if you find matches or lighters! Don't play with them.