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Fires can be devastating. That's why National Fire Prevention Week, observed annually in early October, focuses on promoting fire safety and prevention with characters like Smokey the Bear as well as other child-friendly methods. There's even a National Fire Prevention Day, which always falls on Oct. 9, notes Holiday Insights.
Fire prevention week was started in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on Oct. 8, 1871, and did most of its damage Oct. 9, notes the National Fire Protection Association:
"According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow -- belonging to Mrs. Catherine O'Leary -- kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, located on the property of Patrick and Catherine O'Leary at 137 DeKoven Street on the city's southwest side, then the whole city on fire."
Emphasize to students that even though fire prevention is highlighted during this week, they should practice fire safety all year long. Many potential fire hazards go undetected because people do not take steps to fireproof their home. Help students learn the concepts behind fire prevention with these free printables.
Fire Prevention Word Search
In this first activity, students will locate 10 words commonly associated with fire prevention. Use the activity to discover what they already know about fire prevention and spark discussion about the terms with which they're unfamiliar.02of 11
Fire Prevention Vocabulary
In this activity, students match each of the 10 words from the word bank with the appropriate definition. It's a perfect way for students to learn key terms associated with fire prevention.03of 11
Fire Prevention Crossword Puzzle
Invite your students to learn more about fire safety by matching the clues with the appropriate terms in this fun crossword puzzle. Each key term has been included in a word bank to make the activity accessible for younger students.
Fire Prevention Challenge
This multiple-choice challenge will test your students' knowledge of the facts related to fire prevention. Let your children or students practice their research skills by investigating at your local library or on the internet to discover the answers to questions about which they're unsure.05of 11
Fire Prevention Alphabet Activity
Elementary-age students can practice their alphabetizing skills with this activity. They'll place the words associated with fire prevention in alphabetical order.06of 11
Fire Prevention Door Hangers
These door hangers will help students learn about key fire-prevention and fire-safety issues with admonitions to check their smoke detectors regularly and plan their escape routes. Students can cut out the door hangers and round holes that will allow them to hang the important reminders on doors in their homes.07of 11
Fire Prevention Draw and Write
Young children or students can draw a picture related to fire prevention and safety and write a short sentence about their drawing. To spark their interest, show students pictures related to fire prevention and safety before they begin to draw.08of 11
Fire Prevention Bookmarks and Pencil Toppers
Have students cut out the bookmarks? Then have them cut out the pencil toppers, punch holes in the tabs and insert a pencil through the holes. This will help students think about fire safety every time they read a book or sit down to write.09of 11
Fire Prevention Coloring Page - Fire Truck
Children will enjoy coloring this fire truck coloring page. Explain to them that without fire trucks, firefighters would not be able to battle blazes -- both in cities and in the wild.10of 11
Fire Prevention Coloring Page - Fireman
Give young children an opportunity to color a firefighter on this free coloring page. Explain that the NFPA says there were nearly 1.2 million firefighters in the U.S. as of 2015.11of 11
Fire Extinguisher Coloring PageBeverly Hernandez
Before students color, this page, explain that a fire extinguisher is a manually operated device for extinguishing small fires. Tell them that they should know where the fire extinguishers are at school and at home as well as how to operate them using the "PASS" method:
- Pull the safety pin.
- Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, from a safe distance.
- Squeeze the handle slowly and evenly.
- Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side aiming at the base.