Children are especially vulnerable to the trauma of fire, including the fear created by the event itself, temporarily or permanently being forced from their homes, the loss of beloved personal possessions, and sometimes the grief of losing a family member.
Prevention 1st created After the Fire: The Teachable Moment for classroom teachers, preschools and day care providers of children affected by a fire. The program provides free materials that help teachers and caregivers deal with the emotional trauma of children and move beyond the incident to teach life-saving fire safety and fire prevention. The program includes:
- 3 teaching modules with age-appropriate activities for processing the fire event, fire survival skills, and fire prevention skills;
- Reading list of books in English and Spanish that facilitate discussion of a fire incident, fire safety or fire prevention;
- Household safety checklists, and at-home activities students can take home (Now in both English and Spanish; thank you to the Child Care Council, Inc. for their donation of translation services!)
Prevention 1st is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and depends entirely on grants and donations to development and distribute life-saving programs like this. If you find After the Fire: The Teachable Moment helpful and would like to support our work, please consider a donation.
Related Resources and Fire Safety Materials for Teachers and Caregivers
- Counseling Children Who Play With Fire, an article by Fireproof Children
- Children’s Books About Fire and Fire Safety
- Mikey Makes a Mess, an online children’s storybook with fire safety messages.
- Help Mikey Make It Out, an interactive teaching game
- Home Fire Drill: Does Your Family Know What to Do? a video for parents and caregivers created by Prevention 1st, the City of Rochester and Monroe County.