For Kids

Fire Safety is for everyone including our children.  Come explore the the world of safety for children ranging in age from three-years-old to 17.

Juvenile Firesetter Intervention

Have you ever found your child playing with matches or a lighter?  Many children do.  Most parents of those children say they have tried everything to make the child stop, but are unable.  Can't figure out what to do? Ever think of what might happen?

For children, interest in fire is natural. Setting fires is not.  It can be deadly.  Recent statistics show out of every 100 people who die in child set fires, 85 are other children.

The North Charleston Fire Department's Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program is committed to preventing future fire setting behavior.  The program counsels children and their families about fire safety with the goal of stopping firesetting behavior. It is based on the United States Fire Administration, NFA, Juvenile Firestter Intervention Specialist Program.

The program is a collaborative effort between fire investigators, fire suppression personnel, the fire prevention division, law enforcement and mental health professionals. The firesetter can be referred to the program from any of the above agencies. In addition, the school district or juvenile justice system may refer a student to the program.  Parents can also volunteer to participate with their children.

A trained interviewer from the department will visit with you and your child to assess the fire setting behavior and any challenges the child faces.  Once it is determined if the incidents was accidental, curiosity or the signs of a deeper issue recommendations are made. An intensive fire prevention educational program is designed around your child's age and fire event.  Referrals may be made to other agencies to further assist your child and family.

For more information please contact the North Charleston Fire Department Fire Prevention Division at (843) 740-2647 or (843) 740-2646.

Classroom Safety Presentations

Sparky the Puppet and his Friends

Sparky may visit the classroom with his other friends, I C Smoke the Smoke Alarm" and Happy the Talking Terrier to help the Fire Educator reinforce active fire safety in the pre-school and grade-school age range.  This is an interactive program that hits all the important messages such and '"Stop, Drop, and Roll,' "Crawl Low Under Smoke", "Always Go Outside When the Smoke Alarm Sounds", "Practice Fire Drills at Home", and "Always Tell a Grown-up When You See Matches and Lighters."

This program follows health and science educational standards involving fire safety for this age range. Some concepts coverd include 'fire burns and burns hurt' and 'smoke smells bad and can hurt us'.  These facts are used to reinforce the importance of fire safety for everyone, no matter your age.

Dot the Dalmatian; A Fire Safety Dog

Dot is an energetic clown who motivates children to learn the importance of fire safety at home and at school.  This character is perfect for the grade-schooler to connect fire safety and fun.  Topics covered include 'Matches and Lighters are Tools Not Toys,' Call 9-1-1 in an Emergency, "Stop, Drop and Roll," "Pour Cool Water on a Burn," and "Always Go Outside to the Meeting Place When the Smoke Alarm Sounds."

Upon request, the program can be modified to fit to your needs. The Fire and Life Safety Educator can cover helmet safety, burn prevention, seasonal fire safety and fire drill planning. 

Dusty the Dragon

The Fire and Life Safety Educator and her friend Dusty the Dragon visit elementary classrooms in this engaging interactive program with music and even a sneezing dragon or two.  This is a half-hour program including a puppet presentation and story time using No Dragons For Tea, by Jean Penziwolt. 

Fire Safety for the Middle School and High School Students

This program focuses on the science of fire; how it moves and why.  Focus is put on the uncontrollability of fire and the fact it is dark, hot and dangerous.  In addition, middle school and high school age students explore the fire triangle, cooking safety, burn prevention, and the importance of E.D.I.T.H (Exit Drills in the Home) and working smoke alarms. This is a high energy, interactive presentation that motivates students to become leaders in the home.

For more information or to schedule a class please contact Fire and Life Safety Educator Bianca S. Bourbeau  at 740-2647 or Please plan to schedule at least three weeks in advance.

Play Safe, Be Safe

This program is designed to be accessible to three to five-year-olds. They can join Dan the Firefighter in Bic Corporation's Play Safe, Be Safe prevention program.  The students are introduced to simple, age appropriate, fire safety messages such as "Matches are Grown Up Tools" and "Stop, Drop and Roll."  There is a video component, a game and activity that goes with each of the four lessons presented in the program. A trained Fire and Life Safety Educator will visit your classroom to present this exciting program.  A Play Safe, Be Safe activity kit is left with the classroom instructor so the lessons may be reinforced during play or activity time.

For more information review the Play Safe, Be Safe website.

E.D.I.T.H  (Exit Drills in the Home)

Develop and Practice a Home Fire Escape Plan

E.D.I.T.H. DRILSFire can grow and spread very quickly. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as two minutes to escape once the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use those minutes wisely can make a life-saving difference. Developing and practicing a home fire escape plan will help you snap into action immediately if the smoke alarm sounds, so you can get out quickly and safety.

In 1995, 3640 Americans died in homefires. That's roughly 10 people a day. Tens of thousands more were injuried. People can survive even major fires in their homes if they are alerted to the fire and get out quickly and stya out.

10 Tips for Fire Safety

  • Install smoke detectors and keep them in working order.
  • Make an escape plan and pratice it.
  • Consider installing am automatic fire-sprinkler system.
  • In a fire, crawl low under smoke
  • Smokers' safety - Don't smoke in bed, use ashtrays
  • Cook safely - Never leave kitchen when food is cooking
  • Keep matches and lighters out of sight
  • Use electricity safely
  • Space Heaters - keep everything flamable at least 3 feet (1 meter) away
  • If your cloths catch fire - Stop, Drop, and Roll - Cool the burn and call for HELP!

Basic home fire escape messages

Following are guidelines for developing and practicing a thorough home fire escape plan:

  • Make sure to have at least one smoke alarm on each level of the home and in or near each sleeping area. Test the alarms every month by pushing the test button, and replace the batteries once a year or when the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low. (Note: Newer smoke alarms have a signal repetition pattern of three beeps, followed by a one and a half second pause.)
  • When entering other buildings, including other people's homes, ask what type of emergency alarm system is in place. If it sounds, act immediately.
  • Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark all doors and windows, and the location of each smoke alarm. If windows or doors have security bars, equip them with quick-release devices.
  • Locate two escape routes from each room. The first way out would be the door, and the second way out could be a window.
  • As you exit your home, close all doors behind you to slow the spread of fire and smoke.
  • If your exit is blocked by smoke or fire, use your second exit to escape. If you must escape through smoke, stay low and crawl under the smoke to safety. Smoke will rise to the ceiling, leaving cooler, cleaner air close to the floor. Crawl on your hands and knees, not belly, because heavier poisons will settle in a thin layer on the floor.
  • If you live in a high-rise building, use the stairs — never the elevator — in case of fire.
  • Choose a meeting place a safe distance from your home and mark it on the escape plan. A good meeting place would be a tree, telephone pole, or a neighbor's home. In case of fire, everyone should gather at the meeting place.
  • Make sure the street number/address of your home is visible to firefighters.
  • Memorize the emergency number of the local fire department. Once outside, call that number immediately from a nearby or neighbor's phone, or use a portable or cellular phone you can grab quickly on the way out.
  • Practice your escape drill at least twice a year.
  • NEVER go back inside a burning building!
E.D.I.T.H. Drill
Plan Your Escape

When a fire occurs, there is no time for planning. Sit down with your family today and make a step-by-step plan for escaping from a fire.

Draw a floor-plan of your home, marking two ways out of every room - especially sleeping areas. Discuss the escape routes with every member of your household.

A Meeting Place

Pick a place outside your home where everyone will meet after exiting. A good meeting place would be a tree, light or telephone pole, or mailbox.
outside your home where every member of the household will gather after escaping a fire to wait for the fire department. This allows you to count heads and inform the fire department if anyone is trapped inside the burning building.

Practice your escape plan

at least twice a year. Have a fire drill in your home. Appoint someone to be monitor and have everyone participate. A fire drill is not a race. Get out quickly, but carefully.

Make your exit drill realistic. Crawl Low Pretend that some exits are blocked by fire and practise alternative escape routes. Pretend that the lights are out and that some escape routes are filling with smoke.

Make sure everyone in the household can unlock all doors and windows quickly, even in the dark. Windows or doors with security bars need to be equipped with quick-release devices and everyone in the household should know how to use them.
People who have difficulty moving should have a phone in their sleeping area and, if possible, should sleep on the ground floor.

If you live in a two-storey house, apartment buildings, dormitories, and high-rises.

Apartment Fires If you must escape from a second-storey window, be sure there is a safe way to reach the ground. Make special arrangements for children, older adults and people with disabilities. If you live in an apartment building or dormitory (up to four stories), make sure it's protected by building-wide fire detection and alarm systems, and check with your apartment manager to ensure that those systems are regularly tested and working properly.

If you live in a high-rise, count the number of doors between your apartment and the two nearest exits. If you discover fire, sound the fire alarm and call the fire department. Leave the area quickly, taking your key and closing all doors behind you. If the building has a voice enunciation system, follow its instructions precisely, unless doing so puts you in immediate danger. If fire or smoke blocks your exits, stay in your apartment and cover all cracks and vents (using wet towels, duct tape, linens,Cover Lower Part of The Door clothing, and so forth) where smoke could enter. Telephone the fire department, even if firefighters are already at the building, and tell them where you are. Signal to firefighters for help with a light cloth. If possible, open the window at the top and bottom, but be ready to shut the window immediately.

 Test doors before opening them. While kneeling or crouching at the door, reach up as high as you can and touch the door, the knob and the space between the door and its frame with the back of your hand. If the door is hot, use another escape route. If the door is cool, open it with caution.

If you are trapped, close all doors between you and the fire. Stuff the cracks around the doors with towels or blankets to keep out smoke. Wait at a window and signal for help with a light-coloured cloth or a flashlight. If there is a phone in the room, call the fire department and tell them exactly where you are.

Get Out Fast

In case of fire, do not stop for anything. Do not try to rescue possessions or pets. Go directly to your mCrawl Low to the Floor!eeting place and then call the fire department from a neighbour's phone. Every member of your household should know how to call the fire department.

 Crawl low under smoke. Smoke contains deadly gases and heat rises. During a fire, cleaner air will be near the floor. If you encounter smoke when using your primary exit, use your alternate escape plan. If you must exit through smoke, crawl on your hands and knees keeping your head 12 to 24 inches (30 to 60 cm) above the floor.

And Stay Out

Once you are out of your home, do not go back for any reason. If people are trapped, the firefighters have the best chance of rescuing them. The heat and smoke of a fire are overpowering. Firefighters have the training, experience and protective equipment needed to enter burning buildings.

Play it SafeSmoke detectors

Smoke detectors. More than half of all fatal home fires happen at night while people are asleep. Smoke detectors sound an alarm when a fire starts, alerting people before they are trapped or overcome by smoke. With smoke detectors, your risk of dying in a home fire is cut nearly in half.
Install smoke detectors outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home, including the basement. Test smoke detectors monthly. If your detector is more than 10 years old, replace it.



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