Fire Safety: How to Teach An Essential Life Skill


This issue of NASET’s Practical Teacher was written by Molly Clifford, Robert Cole, PhD, and Carolyn Kourofsky. Preventable injuries are the leading cause of death for all children and teens, and those with intellectual disabilities are at higher for such injuries, including fire and burns. Teens are an especially important group to reach with effective fire safety skills, because they are approaching an age when many will move into more independent living situations—where their risk increases. This article includes six modules for lessons and classroom activities, discussion prompts and take-home materials that cover the key skills of kitchen safety, smoke alarms and exit plans, and calling 911.

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