How to Explain Fire Safety Procedures

Fire safety is important to help keep the ones you care about safe.

Properly explained fire safety procedures save lives.Properly explained fire safety procedures save lives.
Fire can creep up on buildings causing bodily injury or even death through burns or suffocation. Taking the time to plan safety procedures in the event of a fire is a precaution that can help save lives.

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.

Tip

  • 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 Demonstrating procedures with out-of-date equipment does not prepare people for situations where equipment may be different.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.

Warning

  • Check with your local fire department to make sure your procedures are up-to-date.

About the Author

Biju Sukumaran graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in philosophy and religious studies. He has been published in "Agora," Texas A&M's journal for humanities and has written freelance Web content for a year, writing everything from travel articles for hotels to fire safety articles. He has taught philosophy, ethics, social science, religious studies, and English conversation and writing classes.