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Sparky’s Learn Fire Safety colouring book

Hey kids! Sparky’s Learn Fire Safety colouring book has lots of fun activities and colouring to do, and you’ll learn to be fire safe too!

This fun filled book (PDF) has fire safety messaging delivered at a level that children will enjoy. Print copies for your classroom, group, daycare, or home. Discuss the safety tips with them to help keep them healthy and prepared!

Sparky’s Learn Fire Safety colouring book

Create your home fire-escape plan

Create and practice using this home fire-escape plan activity and plan to get out alive in case of a fire in your home.

Create a fire-escape plan

  1. Check that smoke alarms are installed on each floor of your home and test them regularly
  2. Draw a floor plan of your home showing all possible exits from each room
  3. Plan a main exit route and an alternate exit route from each room
  4. Hang the plan up so everyone in the family can see it
  5. Ensure that everyone understands that if they hear the smoke alarm or hear someone shout "fire," they should follow the plan and leave immediately
  6. Decide on a safe meeting place outside
  7. When safely outside, call 9-1-1
  8. Meet the firefighters when they arrive, so they know that you are safe
  9. Once out, stay out; firefighters are trained to perform rescue operations - you are not

Practice your escape plan

Practice is the best way to help prevent panic when an actual emergency occurs. Have regular fire drills to test your plan and make sure that every member of the family knows what to do.

Additional information:

  • A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm usually provides enough warning to enable you to leave your home safely.
  • Before opening any door, feel it. Do not open a hot door. Use an alternate exit instead. If you can't climb out of a window, shout from it.
  • Smoke and heat rise; breathable cool air stays low down. Practice your escape plan by crawling on your hands and knees.
  • If you live in an apartment building, your escape plan should take the building-management procedures into account.
  • If there is anyone in your home who needs help to evacuate, assign someone to assist.
  • Make sure your babysitter understands your fire-escape plan.

Fire safety tips for babysitters

Babysitters are responsible for both the children and the property of their employer. Here are some tips to help you keep yourself and your charges safe.

Bring with you:

  • Flash light
  • Night light
  • Babysitter's pamphlet
  • A list of emergency numbers

When you arrive, ask:

  • For a list of emergency phone numbers such as the Poison Control Centre number
  • The full address of the residence
  • A phone number where your employer can be reached
  • For a tour of the house, and take careful note of exits
  • How door locks and windows work
  • If the family has a fire escape plan and if the children have practised it
  • Where the smoke alarm is and if the children know what it sounds like

When the parents leave, check:

  • That doors and windows are locked
  • The kitchen to ensure that the oven and stove are off
  • The living room to ensure there are no lit cigarettes
  • The bedrooms to be sure that nothing unsafe is lying in a child's reach

Note: we recommend that babysitters do not use cooking or heating stoves.

What to do in case

of a gas leak

  • Do not turn off any lights or electrical appliances
  • Get out
  • Call 911 from a safe place

of smoke

  • Shout "fire"!
  • Stay close to the floor, where there is fresh air
  • Close all doors as you leave
  • Call 911 from a safe place.
  • Do not go back into a burning building

of fire

  • Get the children out. Do not waste time getting them dressed; just wrap them in a blanket.
  • Once the children are in a safe place, call 911
  • Do not go back into the building

If you are in an apartment building and the alarm sounds

  • If the door is not warm
    • check the corridor for smoke
    • if it is clear, proceed to the nearest exit
    • Take the apartment key with you
    • Sound the fire alarm and use the stairs, not the elevator, to leave the building
  • If the door is warm or if there is heavy smoke in the corridor
    • it may be safer to stay in the apartment
    • Close the door and place a wet towel at its base
    • Call 911 and tell them where you are- even if there are already rescue workers on the scene
    • Go to a window and signal your location
    • Wait for firefighters to rescue you
  • If a fire starts in the apartment
    • Stay low, get the children out and close all doors behind you, especially your apartment door
    • Sound the fire alarm and use the stairs the get out of the building
    • If your clothing or the children's clothing catches on fire, smother the flames with a towel, blanket or other thick material, or stop, drop and roll out the fire

Halloween fire safety tips

  • The best costumes are light coloured or bright and reflective
  • Keep costumes short to avoid tripping and falling
  • Minimize the risk of contact with candles or other ignition sources by avoiding baggy pants, loose frills or billowing skirts
  • Make sure that children know how to call 9-1-1 or their local emergency number if they experience an emergency
  • Teach children to STOP, DROP and ROLL should their clothing catch fire:
    • STOP immediately,
    • DROP to the ground and cover face with hands and
    • ROLL over and over to extinguish the flames
  • Consider using only battery-powered lights or chemical light sticks in decorations
  • Small battery-powered lights are the safest for use in jack-o’-lanterns. If you use a candle, try a tea light or votive candle in a non-combustible holder
  • Always keep candles, matches and lighters out of the reach of children
  • Place candlelit jack-o’-lanterns on sturdy surfaces, away from anything that can burn, such as curtains and Halloween costumes
  • Keep decorations such as cornstalks and bales of hay away from candlelit jack- ‘o-lanterns
  • Ensure that electrical outlets are not overloaded with holiday lighting or special effects
  • Check that the batteries in your smoke alarms work