This week is Fire Prevention Week and it’s a great time to review your fire safety plan with your kids. Needs change as kids grow and new babies are added to the family. The challenge is to talk to our kids without frightening them. There are some good resources available at the Guelph Public Library to spark a conversation.
Sparky the fire dog written by Don Hoffman and illustrated by Todd Dakins.
Sparky takes a group of animals through the neighborhood to point out hazards, provides basic fire prevention and safety tips, and shows how to be prepared in case of an emergency.
If there is a fire by Wil Mara.
Discusses fire safety, the dangers of fire, and stopping fires before they start.
Firefighters to the rescue! by Bobbie Kalman.
Looks at the main role of fire fighters in the community, as well as their other duties which include rescue work, fire prevention, and disaster relief.
Stop drop and roll by Margery Cuyler and illustrated by Arthur Howard.
Jessica has always been a worrier, and learning about fire safety is making her more nervous than ever. But our favorite worrywart is about to discover that knowing what to do in an emergency is the best (and only) way to extinguish her fire-safety fears!
As wonderful as books are sometimes a hands on opportunity is the best way for kids to learn. On Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm you and your kids can join the Guelph Fire Department at Fire Prevention Day at the Home Depot Parking lot (on Woodlawn). There are plenty of things for families to do. Have your picture taken on an antique fire truck, meet and speak to firefighters, as well as Sparky the fire dog. You can tour the fire safety trailer and learn how to safely escape from a smoke-filled home, or learn how to safely put out a fire using a fire extinguisher. There are also Fire Safety seminars taking place at 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. to learn how to prevent fires in your home.
For more information or to access great educational materials please visit the Guelph Fire Department’s website.