Fire Prevention Week is the first week of every October. Fire Prevention Week is a great time to replace the fire extinguisher in your kitchen (you do have one, right? Hint, hint) and to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms. It is also a good time to go over a Fire Safety plan with your kids, create one, or talk about Fire Safety in general.
One way to help parents teach kids fire safety skills is through the Sparky the Fire Dog® App. Sparky and his friends set out to solve a mystery in The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms, a new free app that teaches kids fire-safety skills in a way to be fun, as well as educational. It is available at no cost on iTunes and Google Play.
I downloaded the app for my kids and let them play with it (and learned a little about it myself as I looked over their shoulders!)
The one thing I really like about it, is that my 2 year old and four year old both liked the app and were engaged by it.
Check out the SparkySchoolhouse website for other apps, videos, downloadables and more to help teach your kids or students fire prevention information!
My four year old (soon to be 5 year old) obviously got the most information out of it, and got the most interaction out of it, but it was nice that my younger child also started her path of learning about fire prevention too.
My son really engaged with the app; listening to the story, pressing the buttons to see cause and effect, and learning about what to do in the case of a fire. He even shared some of the things he learned in this video!
So I highly recommend this app. Though I suggest not letting the kids play with it in the car. The sound of the smoke alarm in the app is the real deal (sounds like a real smoke alarm), so it can be a bit nerve racking when you’re driving! LOL! Otherwise, it is good learning and fun playing for kids, which apps should be in my opinion. The graphics were good too!
Here is another fun video for the kids to watch! Sing and dance along with SteveSongs as Rosalie and her little brother learn the four key steps to follow when they hear the sound of a smoke alarm.
And here are some fun activities to print out at home!