Fire Safety Lessons for Third Graders

Have and Practice a Home Escape Plan

Objective: By the end of the lesson, students will know how to escape a smoke-filled room.
Time needed: 20 minutes
Supplies needed:  EDITH Kit (if unavailable, use the window and door in the room provided), smoke alarm, covering for eyes
  1. Explain to children best way to get out of a smoke-filled room (crawl low under smoke, feel door with back of hand before opening it, take 2nd way out if door is hot).
  2. Set off smoke alarm and have each child practice rolling out of bed, feeling door and escaping out of window. Children may use darkened goggles for additional challenge.
  3. If no EDITH kit is available, they may practice in the room you are in. Have them put on eye covering and then sit or lay on the floor in the middle of the room. Once smoke alarm sounds, have them crawl to the door and feel it with the back of their hand, then crawl to window.

Recognize Emergency and Make Proper 911 Call

Objective:  By the end of the lesson, students will know how to make a proper 911 call.
Time needed: 15 minutes
Supplies needed:  Phone


  1. Ask the students, “does anyone know the number to call in an emergency?” 
  2. Then ask them “who can name an emergency where you should call 9-1-1?”  Make sure they understand what types of emergencies warrant a 9-1-1 call and which do not. 
  3. Then ask, “What are the four things you must tell them when you call 9-1-1?  (Full name, address, phone number, nature of emergency). 
  4. Have them take turns practicing making a 9-1-1 call.  Have them come up and dial 9-1-1 on the pretend phone.  Instructor should pretend to be 9-1-1 operator and make sure students complete all 4 steps of a 9-1-1 call.  If not enough time for all students to practice, ask for a few volunteers, or have them pick a partner and practice with each other.