Thursday, September 23, 2010

Books About Fire Safety, Fire Fighters and Fire!

Don't you love that there are books on every subject?  And that stories and books and reading and text all relate to things in real life?

A new friend of mine, Stephanie Goodman of Safety Mom Enterprises, is part of the nationwide effort to draw attention to Fire Safety Month (October).  Any of you with children should be especially interested since, during the coming month, in most schools, children will be hearing about what to do in case of a fire.

I thought it might be fun to share a few book titles with you on the subject of fire, firefighters (and, in a few cases, fire safety) and then provide some important information from Stephanie to help you make sure you know what to do in your home if a fire breaks out.

Big Frank's Fire Truck by Leslie McGuire (ages 4-8)
Firefighters A to Z by Chris Demesest (ages 3-6)
I Want to Be A Firefighter by Dan Liebman (ages 4-7)
Fire Drill by Paul DuBois Jacobs (ages 4-8)
Fire Fighters to the Rescue by  Bobbie Kalman (ages 4-8)
Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms by Christine McClain (ages 4-8)
The Buddy Files: The Case of the Fire Alarm by Dori Butler and Jeremy Tugeau  (ages 8-10)
Fire Horses by Margaret Fetty (ages 9-12)
Wildfire Run by Dee Garrettson (ages 9-12)
Forgotten Fire by Adam Baqdasian (ages 14+)
Fahrenheit 541 by Ray Bradbury (ages teen to adult)
Playing with Fire by Melody Carlson (young adult)
The Big Burn:  Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan (young adult to adult)


October is fire safety month, and most schools will be talking to our kids about what to do in case of a fire.  But how many of us really practice this at home?   How many of us have taken a few moments to read the instructions on our fire extinguisher?  Would you know how to use it in a fire?  

Take some time in the coming weeks and put together an emergency evacuation plan and practice it! Here are some additional tips to keep in mind: 
  • Having properly installed smoke alarms cut the chances of dying in a reported fire by half.  Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on every level of the home.  Consider purchasing one with an escape light built in as well.  Put a note on the calendar to test the smoke alarm on the first of every month.
  • Be sure to place specially designed stickers from the fire department on the window of each child’s bedroom which will alert fire fighters that a child could be present in that room.
  • Keep fire extinguishers in various places around your home including the kitchen, garage, near the furnace and near any fireplace.
  • If you use a portable space heater, be sure it has built-in safety features, such as automatic shutoffs, anti-tipping devices and heat guards.
  • When you have small children in the home, install a baby gate around the fireplace to prevent access.
  •  Purchase a 2-Story Emergency Fire Escape Ladder and keep it somewhere in or near your bedroom.
  •  Teach your children never to try and put out a fire themselves but to leave the house immediately and call 911 from a neighbor’s home.  Have a fire drill once every few months so that everyone can practice.
You can learn more safety tips and give your kids a chance to ride a fire truck during Safety Saturday at your local Lowe’s store on Saturday, September 25th from 10AM – 2PM.  And, your kids can even build a fire truck for themselves!  Visit  and be one of the first 50 to sign up and reserve your spot. All Build & Grow attendees will receive a free apron and goggles.  

To support this important effort and my new friend, Stephanie, I'm donating my Fire Truck Building Kit to a child in my community.   Send me an email and you could win a free book (be sure to put "FIRE BOOK" in the subject line and indicate what age child you have.


And don't forget . . .