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The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this site provides fire safety tips that the whole family should know. The information is thorough but is presented in a way that won't scare kids. The Junior Fire Marshall quiz could be challenging for younger kids.
What's it about?
How can you become a Junior Fire Marshall? Just study the various sections of this site and learn about home safety, then take the online test. A high score will get you a Jr. Fire Marshall certificate to print and hang on the wall. You'll need to know quite a bit, though, before you attempt the test: facts on home fire safety and smoke alarms, and how to escape from a fire. Try your hand at the online crossword puzzles, games and word searches, or download some coloring pages. In the parent's section, there are tips on using the site's resources to help children learn more about fire safety. There's also a selection of outside links to more fire safety activities, printables, and games.
Is it any good?
This colorful, well-designed site is an excellent introduction to fire safety, providing helpful information without being overly scary. The fun flash games are a good way to reinforce the lessons, which are age-appropriate and easy to understand. Parents may learn a few things, too. The noises that accompany some of the lessons -- like a beeping smoke alarm -- can be a bit startling.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what to do if there's a fire in their home. They can review (or create) an escape plan that identifies two exits in each room and stage a fire drill that goes through each step of the escape plan. Families can also talk about identifying fire hazards around the home and what to do if you spot something that could be dangerous.
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