LESSON 2 – Home Inspection

This lesson focuses upon general safety in the home, not just fire safety. One of the most important parts of this lesson is being able to answer the students’ many “What if…?” questions: “What if my sister smokes in her room?” “What if my Dad keeps gasoline in the basement where the furnace is?” This is our opportunity as fire/safety professionals to work with the students and to offer recommendations as they come to understand the practical nature of safety; namely, that they can take steps personally to make their family safer.

The Lesson

Dangers in the home

We begin by examining a series of scenarios/photos and identifying the potential hazards of each, such as keeping sharp objects and matches out of the hands of small children, handling hot pot handles while cooking, and simple steps to take to put out stovetop fires. We discuss why Stop-Drop-And-Roll works. In highlighting basic electrical safety, we show the students actual items which have contributed to the start of a fire. These items include light fixtures, candle remnants and various electrical devices. We also review the proper handling and storage of hazardous chemicals and cleaning supplies in the home.

At the end of the lesson, students are given their second assignment: a simple inspection form along with a checklist of hazards one might find in each kind of room in the home. The students are asked to walk around their home with another member of the fami
ly and identify possible problems. If any are found, they are encouraged to correct the problem themselves, if possible, or to bring the problem to the attention of an adult.

Objective 1 – Review Home Projects

Return completed home projects. Discuss positive and incomplete points. Discuss problems encountered by any students during project.

Objective 2 – Outline Unsafe Fire Behaviors and Situations

Using still photos of unsafe situations in a slideshow presentation, ask students to identify various dangerous situations in home living. Ask students to identify corrective actions which can rectify the problems.

Objective 3 – Conducting a Home Fire/Safety Inspection

Show example home fire/safety audit inspection form. Describe procedure for conducting an inspection.

Objective 4 – Home Project: Conducting a Home Fire/Safety Inspection

Describe the home project goals. Emphasize involvement of another family member in the home during the inspection. Show examples of successful audits. Emphasize correction of immediately dangerous conditions.

Objective 5 – Pamphlets and Home Project Materials

Summarize Lesson 2 goals. Describe Lesson 3 goals and activities. Distribute pamphlets and materials needed for the home project.