Explain fire safety procedures using diagrams. Make a map of the building or house showing the specific routes of exit from different points of the building. Mark out important points, such as doors and stairways, that people can use to exit the building. Since many people absorb information better visually, a visual aide such as a map can be crucial for understanding fires safety procedures, rather than just relying on verbal instructions.
Explain fire safety procedures with demonstrations. Demonstrate how to put out a fire, how to stop a fire if you are on fire, and how to properly exit a building. After showing them how it's done, have them enact the procedures themselves in drills. Schedule regular fire drills to make sure that these procedures are in people's memories.
Explain things calmly and rationally. When speaking to people, especially children, make sure that procedures are stated without excess emotion to impart the necessary detachment from what could be an emotional situation. Level-headedness is particularly important in buildings with many people, where a stampede to the exits could cause more harm.
Get professionals to explain the fire safety procedures. An authority figure often makes more of an impact when explaining a topic. Fire fighters are often more than willing to lend a helping hand in this manner in the community. Contact your local fire department and ask if they can come to your area and organize a fire safety explanation or demonstration.
- Regularly update your procedures and the equipment. Demonstrating procedures with out-of-date equipment does not prepare people for situations where equipment may be different. Use the equipment that will be available to people in the event of an actual emergency.