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Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department

P. O. Box 602

Cleveland, MS  38732

(662) 843-3159

Just For Kids!

What does "fire safety" mean?


Some think that fire safety is simply knowing what to do if your clothes catch on fire.  Well, that is part of it.  Fire safety is everything you need to know to be safe, to make your home safe, and knowing what to do if a fire starts in your home.


The best way to be "fire safe" is to learn about the "Three Ps" of fire safety:


Prevent, Plan and Practice

Prevent Fires


To "prevent a fire" is just another way of saying "to stop a fire before it ever starts."  Here are some things you can do in your home to prevent fires:

  • Never cook without an adult present.

  • Don't play in the kitchen when someone is cooking.

  • Keep towels and other flammables away from stove-tops, fire places and heaters.

  • Never place clothes or other flamables on a lamp.

  • Do not plug too many items into a single electrical outlet.

  • Never play with matches or lighters!

Kids, you can print out the page to the left and get with your parents to check your home for fire safety problems before a fire starts.

Prevent Injury


There are also some things you can do to protect yourself from getting hurt from fire:

  • Avoid burns by never playing around a stove, fire place or heater.

  • Make sure you have a working smoke detector in every bedroom.

  • Have your parents test smoke detectors once every month.

  • Remind your parents to change batteries in smoke detectors twice a year.


Smoke detectors save lives, and by following these steps, your family will be alerted quickly to the danger of a fire, helping you to get out quickly and unharmed.

Print out the Smoke Alarm Safety Sheet to the left to help keep track of checking your smoke detectors each month.

Plan Your Escape


It's so important to know what to do if a fire starts in your home!


By knowing what to do, you and your family can react quickly and increase the chances that everyone gets out safely.


One of the most important things to do is to create a Fire Escape Plan.  On the plan, make sure to include the following:

  • Two escape routes from every room.

  • A safe meeting place for your family to meet once you are outside the home.

Practice Safety


Everyone knows that if you want to be good at something, you have to practice!  Well, fire safety is no different.


Take time to practice what you will do if you see or smell smoke, or if your smoke detector sounds.


Remember these important tips:

  • React fast!  The faster you act, the safer you will be.

  • Get out and stay out.  Never go back in for any reason.

  • If you see or smell smoke, "Stay Low and Go!"

Print out the Home Fire Escape Plan sheets to the left to make your Fire Escape Plan today!.

Kids feel free to print out these other activites below!

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