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Smoke Alarms Are Important

Students will learn the importance of having working smoke alarms in their homes and how to respond in an emergency.

Lesson 2

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Smoke Alarms Are Important

Preparing for Your Lesson

Each lesson is designed to take approximately 20 minutes of educator or parent preparation and 30 minutes of classroom time. You can adjust the lessons as needed in order to better serve your students and incorporate into your existing curriculum.

We’ve created the modules below to help you better understand the content:

Preparation:

20-25 minutes

Lesson & Discussion:

15-25 minutes

Activities:

10-20 minutes

*The digital companion is best viewed on smartboards, laptops and tablets.

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Objectives of This Lesson

Smoke alarms save lives. Learn the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and what to do if the smoke alarm starts beeping.

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  • Learn the importance of having working smoke alarms at home—they should be installed on every level of the home, outside each sleeping area, and in each bedroom
  • Smoke alarms should always have working batteries
  • Identify the sound a smoke alarm makes
  • Emphasize the four steps to take if the smoke alarm sounds—stop what you’re doing, choose the best way out of the room, get outside quickly, and head to your meeting place
  • Practice what to do if a smoke alarm starts beeping
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Getting Ready: The Day Before Your Lesson

*Contact your local fire department if you need one or click here to watch a smoke alarm video.

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Choose an Activity

Review what was learned in the Don’t Touch Matches and Lighters lesson. Activate prior knowledge by asking students what they know about smoke alarms and whether or not they have ever seen or heard one. Review the four steps to take if the smoke alarm sounds.

Discuss the sounds the smoke alarm makes; you can have younger students practice the sounds. Gather the students in one area and activate the smoke alarm or play the video below. Have students practice meeting in a designated safe place. Complete the Smoke Alarm Checklist together and provide each student with a copy to take home.

Smoke Alarm Video

Daily Journal

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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*The digital companion is best viewed on smartboards, laptops and tablets.

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