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GET INVOLVED: FIRE PREVENTION WEEK 2021

FIRE DRILLS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR DAYHOME

3 October – 9 October, 2021 – Embolden Private Dayhome Community is encouraging the private dayhome community to get involved in Fire Prevention Week. This years theme is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram this week as we post a variety of  tools & resources to help you make the most out of this important week!

In this blog post we’re talking about FIRE DRILLS and how essential they are for the safety of your dayhome program and children.

It’s recommended that fire drills (or evacuations in general) are practiced monthly with the sounding of the fire alarm. 

This monthly practice helps children “learn the sounds of safety” and how to respond appropriately in the event of a true emergency.

Leading Cause of Home Fires

The leading cause of house fires is cooking in the kitchen. As childcare providers, we are in the kitchen a lot preparing food and have set off our smoke alarms a time or two. What happens though if it isn’t a false alarm and you and the children need to evacuate. Does everyone know what to do, is there a plan in place?

Monthly Fire Drills

When it comes to any emergency we plan for the worst then hope it never happens. We encourage dayhomes to do a fire drill once a month. Instead of answering questions and attempting to herd terrified children out the door when the alarm sounds everyone will be able to exit the house in a calm and orderly manner.

What To Do

Hear the alarm 

Get up and walk don’t run

Know two ways out of every room

Get yourself outside quickly

Go to your outside meeting place

Drafting an Emergency Response Plan: 

Coming soon for VIP members! We are releasing a brand new Emergency Preparedness Workbook! 
We’ll walk you step by step through the process of preparing an Emergency Response Plan complete with evacuation map and checklists to help you navigate any emergency you may experience within your dayhome. 

 

Resources: 

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – lesson plans & activity ideas

Sparky – Videos, Games, Activities & more

City of Edmonton – has a video about making a fire escape plan

Elementary Safety – colouring sheets & comics

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