During this third week of National Preparedness Month, we’re reminded that young people can play a big role in preparedness programs. Disaster planning, response, and recovery efforts must take into account the unique needs of children, who make up roughly a quarter of the U.S. population.
It’s a good time to assess the self-sufficiency of adolescents and teens when it comes to protecting themselves from fire. NFPA’s lesson plan: Home Fire Safety–Teens Who Care for Themselves at Home is a teaching tool public educators, school teachers and other can use for presentations. By the end of the lesson, participants should be able to view fire safety behaviors as an important part of gaining responsibility and describe at least five important home fire safety actions for teens who stay home alone.
The Making Safe and Responsible Choices lesson plan, also designed for this age group, assists participants accurately rate the level of risk in behaviors and apply responsible decision-making.