February 15, 2013 – To a first grader, not being able to find his/her favorite book may feel like an emergency. But does it warrant calling 9-1-1? The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) comprehensive fire safety curriculum Learn Not to Burn (LNTB) Level 1 can help children answer this question.
Using emergency sorting cards with options like “I have nothing to do” and “my house is on fire,” teachers can present a lesson that helps children understand what constitutes an emergency. Designed for the first grade, LNTB Level 1 provides an easy-to-use guide for teachers. Teachers present six fire safety messages – including “Smoke Alarms are Important” and “Stop, Drop and Roll” – using classroom lessons, activities, and home connections.
“LNTB is flexible; it can be taught as a standalone fire-safety curriculum or incorporated into a language arts program,” said Judy Comoletti, NFPA division manager – public education. “Students learn to recognize and avoid fire risks, helping them lead fuller and more productive lives and reaching beyond the classroom to families in this process.”
Teachers are encouraged to activate prior fire-safety knowledge and build on that by reading story books that correlate to the lesson, or having students make shoebox dioramas of their bedroom complete with a bottle-cap smoke alarm. Teachers can even invite the fire department to visit the classroom and send home family activities to reinforce the important fire safety lessons.
Lesson plans for each theme provide teacher information, teaching points, objectives, materials and procedures. There is also a pre- and post-test to assess how much students learned from the lessons. LNTB Level 1 can be downloaded for free.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.