The London Fire Brigade Schools Team provides fire safety education to children in primary schools within Greater London.
Our dedicated team of schools officers carry out educational workshops about home fire safety and visit approximately 100,000 Key stage 1 and Key stage 2 children each year. Children also receive fire safety education through our attendance at holiday activities and play schemes run by local authorities, community groups and charitable organisations.
Our schools officers use their training, experience and expertise to deliver fire safety messages in a sensitive and reassuring way. This makes sure children understand the importance of home fire safety without becoming unduly worried about a fire happening at home. The workshops are also carefully managed to reduce the risk of their natural curiosity about fire developing into an interest in deliberate fire setting.
Although our aim is to make children ‘fire safe’ by teaching about the dangers of fire and smoke, responsibility for making their home safer is very much placed with parents/guardians. This approach is especially important for younger children who could easily become overwhelmed or anxious if left feeling they are solely responsible for keeping everyone safe. It also means that they do not put themselves at risk by trying to deal with fire hazards themselves.
The skills and knowledge gained during the educational workshops can be used by children throughout their lives and into adulthood. They are encouraged to share these important messages with their friends and families, helping to make them safer from fire in the home too.