Early Childhood Educators

One Grove St. Suite 235
Pittsford, NY 14534
phone: 585.264.0840
fax: 585.264.1754
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Prevention First 2004

Dear Early Childhood Educators/Child Care Providers,

Below are a few resources about children and fire, and fire safety education for children, that we feel you may find particularly interesting. Feel free to browse all of the resources that we have found to be useful in the development of our programs by clicking here.

New! SMARTBoard Ready Fire Safety Activities for Your Classroom

After the Fire: The Teachable Moment
Prevention 1st created After the Fire: The Teachable Moment for classroom teachers of children affected by a fire, to help them deal with the emotional trauma of their students and move beyond the incident to teach life-saving fire safety and fire prevention. The free program includes teaching modules with age-appropriate classroom activities and a reading list.

Article: Counseling Children Who Play With Fire
Whether they happen in school or at home, intentionally or unintentionally, fires set by children are always cause for concern. Most school counselors will, at some point in their careers, be called on to work with a child who has started a fire or played with fire. Read more.

Article: Why Are Children Fascinated With Fire?

It's the question we hear most often when parents, teachers and caregivers want to understand children's fireplay: Why are children so fascinated with fire? Find out in this article from Prevention 1st.

Recommended Children's Books on Fire and Fire Safety
Prevention 1st compiled this list of recommended books for their program After the Fire: The Teachable Moment.

play safe be safe multi-media classroom kit with 20-mminute DVD, cards and teacher's manual

BIC play safe! be safe!®

An award winning fire safety program developed by BIC Corporation with Fireproof Children Company and other fire safety and child development experts.

The multi-media kit includes a 20-minute DVD, the Keep Away!/Alejate card game, activity boards and a Resource Book. It is designed especially for young children, and teaches four important lessons in fire safety: My Friend the Firefighter; Stop! Drop! And Roll!; Crawl Low Under Smoke; and Safe for Play! Keep Away!.

Available in English (English and Spanish DVD & activities) and French.

To play play safe! be safe! games online or to learn about play safe! be safe! workshops visit: To play play safe! be safe! games in Spanish, visit play play safe! be safe! games in French, visit

Learn how other communities are using play safe!

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Questions? Call Fireproof Children at (585) 264-0840 or email us.

Help Mikey Make It Out

This animated interactive teaching tool created by Prevention 1st at for its Home Fire Drill site lets children learn what to do when the smoke alarm goes off, in a way that doesn't scare them. By helping Mikey escape, they learn to check the door before going out, not to go out if there is smoke in the hallway, to crawl low under smoke, get out and stay out, and go to a family meeting place. Help Mikey Make It Out can be played over and over, because just like in real life, different things may happen. The door may be cool or hot, there may or may not be smoke in the hallway.

The animation is based on characters created for the book Mikey Makes a Mess, which also teaches important fire safety lessons through an interesting story.

Plan and Practice a Home Fire Drill

This website, created by Prevention 1st, provides information about why and how to plan and practice a home fire drill and maintain working smoke alarms.

American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ TIPP (The Injury Prevention Program) age related safety sheets provide safety and unintentional injury prevention information pertinent to each developmental stage. TIPP also has webpages devoted to fire safety in the home. See especially the safety section of the site’s You & Your Family page.

The National SAFE KIDS Campaign

The National SAFE KIDS Campaign’s mission is “Protecting Children From Their Number One Killer…Unintentional Injury.” Take special notice of the site’s safety tips addressing top causes of unintentional injury in young children including fire & burn, with printable checklists in English and Spanish. SAFE KIDS also offers resources designed specifically for teachers including an activity book and pedestrian safety kit.

Sesame Street Workshop

The Sesame Workshop develops educational content for all forms of media. Their work is grounded in research on children's developmental needs and the ways in which children perceive messages in the media. You may be especially interested in the following pages, both of which emphasize prevention, offer suggestions about ways to keep children safe and provide examples of effective ways to teach children safety lessons through skill building and without the use of threats and warnings:

Safe at Home - Surefire Strategies for Household Safety & I'm a Big Kid - Nurturing Independence in Your Young Children.



SOS Fires’ Juvenile Firesetting Intervention Resource Site offers resources for parents and professionals of all disciplines including articles of interest to those working with juvenile firesetting behavior, a parent/teacher resources page, contact information for juvenile firesetting programs across the country and a resource exchange page allowing the reader to ask questions, share experiences and learn from others.