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TOPIC - Home Fire Safety

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Lesson 7 - Cooking and Fire Blankets

NOTE - requires a CFA Firefighter or Presenter in attendance

Lesson objectives:

  • For students to understand what can cause a fire in the kitchen
  • For students to learn how to use a fire blanket and fire extinguishers

Key messages:

  • Over one third of house fires start in the kitchen.
  • You cannot leave any cooking on the stove or oven unattended.
  • Keep your stove clean and place your tea towels away from the stove.
  • Pots of oil left on the stove to heat up can create a fire.
  • Never throw water on hot boiling oil.
  • If a cooking pot is on fire:
    1. turn off the stove. Do not move the pot.
    2. use a fire blanket or fire extinguisher OR leave the house and call Triple Zero (000).
  • Fire blankets are a large cloth made of special material that will not burn very easily. They come in different sizes.
  • They need to be hung in your kitchen away from the stove.
  • There are different types of fire extinguishers. Some are for oil fires, some are for electrical fires and some are for paper or wood fires.

Animation and Demonstration by CFA Firefighter or Presenter

  • Animation: Kitchen Fires
  • Fire blanket demonstration

Levels 0-1 teaching tools and activities:

Levels 2-4 teaching tools and activities:

  • Activity 7.3 Cooking and Fire Safety Discussion Cards
  • Activity 7.4 Practice using a fire blanket
  • Activity 7.5 Fire Extinguishers - understand the different types of fire extinguishers and what they are for and deliver a presentation back to the class
  • Activity 7.6 Group discussion on person stories of fires in the home