Fire safety is very important and playgroup is a great place to become safety aware and teach your children what to do in a fire.
- Have fire procedures displayed on the notice board and encourage all families to read them.
- Ensure all families are aware of fire exits, the fire assembly point and where fire safety equipment is stored.
- Ensure children understand the fire safety procedures.
- Conduct playgroup fire drills so your children will become confident.
- Ensure fire doors and fire exits are clearly marked and are not obstructed at any time and easily opened from the inside.
For Fire Prevention:
- Ensure all power points are not overloaded with adaptors.
- Ensure that the non-smoking policy is always observed. (The suggested policy can be found on the Playgroup kit CD forwarded to all playgroups.)
- Unplug equipment before leaving the premises.
- Store any potentially flammable materials safely.
In the event of a fire
Have set policies such as:
- A playgroup member will raise the alarm immediately and the emergency services will be called at the earliest opportunity.
- All children will immediately be escorted out of the building to the assembly point using the nearest marked exit.
- No attempt will be made to collect personal belongings.
What to teach your child about fires
Good Fires / Bad Fires
- Good fires are fires such as candles on birthday cakes, BBQ’s and camp fires.
- Bad fires are fires such as house fires, bush fires and children playing with fire.
Sometimes good fires can turn bad if there’s not an adult around. Make sure you never play with fire and if you find matches or lighters always give them to an adult.
Firefighters are your friends
Don’t be afraid of them. When firefighters are wearing their fire clothes, called turnout gear, they look very big. They also have masks over their faces that make them look and sound frightening. They have to wear this gear to protect them from the fire so don’t be afraid of them – they are there to help you.
If you get caught in a fire, it’s important that you don’t hide from the firefighters – let them know where you are.
Triple Zero 000
It’s cool to know about 000 – the number to call in an emergency is 0-0-0 – ask an adult to show you how to dial 000 on your home phone – but remember not to call unless it’s a real emergency. In a real emergency, such as a fire, this is what will happen if you call 000:
- The telephone operator will ask you if you want police, fire or ambulance If you say fire, you will be connected to the fire service – so wait on the phone and a different operator will ask you what the emergency is – such as a house fire
- You will then be asked for the address of the fire – including the house number, street name, suburb and town
- Tell the operator if you think anyone is hurt or trapped
- Wait for the operator to hang up before you do
- Get out of the house and wait for the firefighters to arrive
Get Down Low and Go Go Go
If your house is smoky from a fire, you will find it hard to see and breath and you will start coughing and choking.
- Because smoke rises to the ceiling, the best thing to do is GET DOWN LOW AND GO GO GO – crawl along the ground to the nearest way out and make sure you have a meeting place outside to meet your family.
Wait outside for firefighters to arrive – never go back inside a burning house.
Stop, Drop, (Cover) & Roll
If your clothes catch on fire, don’t try to run away – this will only make the fire burn hotter and faster. Instead:
- Stop straight away
- Drop quickly to the ground
- Cover your face with your hands, elbows tucked in
- Roll over and over on the ground to put the flames out.