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Establish Your Meeting Place

Just like every home needs smoke alarms and every family prepared with a fire escape plan, your children should also learn the importance of establishing a meeting place. A meeting place is a permanent location a safe distance from home—such as a streetlight, mailbox, or neighbor’s home. Everyone should head to the meeting place in an emergency so the household is together and grown-ups know everyone is safe.

Lesson 4

Establish your meeting place
Establish Your Meeting Place

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Objectives of This Lesson

Children should learn part of their fire escape plan should also include establishing a safe meeting place for everyone in their household.

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  • Every home fire escape plan needs an outside meeting place where everyone can meet together so the grown-ups know everyone is safe
  • Learn examples of a good meeting place—including a mailbox, streetlight, or neighbor’s home
  • Understand the importance of having a fire escape plan and describe the family meeting place
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Activities (Optional)

Review what was learned in the Practice Your Escape Plan lesson and remind the students the importance of establishing and practicing their plans.
Have a discussion with students about the importance of having a safe meeting place as part of their home fire escape plan. Ask students what they think they should do once they are outside safely. Use this opportunity to explain what a safe meeting place is and review good examples of meeting places.
Give every student a copy of the Stay Outside activity sheet. Let the students think of a meeting place for their home, having the students work independently. As they complete their plans, open up a class discussion to allow students to share what they’ve learned.

Optional: Their Get Outside and Stay Outside activity sheets can be mounted together on a piece of construction paper to display their completed fire escape plan.

Daily Journal (Optional)

Following the activities at the end of the lesson, the students should take some time to reflect on what they’ve learned about safe and unsafe items. As a class, take a few minutes to have the students write about the lesson in their journals.

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