Teaching correct messaging to kids

Blog Post created by amylebeau Employee on Jul 19, 2013

Last week my husband took the boys to swim class. Part of

every swim class is a safety tip

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tips are about swimming, what to do if you are in the pool and you see

lightning, etc. Much to my surprise the tip last week was about fire safety. My

husband reported that the young man asked the kids what they do if there is a fire

in their house. The answer he gave: go get a fire extinguisher and put out the

fire and then go get a grown-up. Wow.  


 My son looked back at my husband with eyes wide as saucers.

He knew that answer was wrong. Now my quandary was how to handle this situation.

I printed out our escape planning and smoke alarm tip sheetsand brought it to

the head lifeguard. I thanked her for teaching the kids fire safety and gently

suggested/asked if the swim teachers could read the sheets before they gave

tips to the kids. I also strongly suggested that they clarify with the kids

that when there is a fire, the correct response is to get outside and stay

outside. I hope the message was delivered. Just in case, I might just leave

some fire safety activities on the bulletin board!