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(p. 61) Teaching Fire Safety Education: Basic Awareness Concepts 

(p. 61) Teaching Fire Safety Education: Basic Awareness Concepts
(p. 61) Teaching Fire Safety Education: Basic Awareness Concepts

David J. Kolko

and Eric M. Vernberg

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This chapter provides a guide for teaching the basic components of fire, how fires start, and how damaging a fire can be. It discusses ways to convey this information, allowing for the child’s existing level of knowledge about fire. Sections include the impact of smoke and fire, burns and scalds, emphasizing prevention. A discussion on firefighters is included, stressing the training and knowledge required to safely deal with fire. The chapter covers reviewing, with parents and children, some details of local fires and their impact on people and property. It also describes reviewing reasons children start fires in general, and the child’s recent fire incident, fire safety, fire triangle, firesetting motivation, fire science, and prevention skills. Certainly, the child’s age and level of sophistication will determine, in part, which and how many of these concepts you review. And, if other concepts not included herein seem important to review with a given child or teen, you may find additional content on the internet or in other sources.

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