Home Alone Safety (3rd – 8th Grades)
This class is divided into two, 30-minute sessions. The students explore four topics that comprise the home alone safety plan: fire safety, kitchen safety, first aid, and personal safety. They will develop an awareness of dangers in the kitchen, how to respond if there is a fire in the home, basic first aid procedures, understand what it means to be safe, and understand the importance of decision making.
Students will learn the importance of knowing two ways out of every room, checking the door with the back of the hand, and what to do if they are unable to open the window. They will experience how to use a safety ladder and how crucial it is to have planned a meeting place once they are out of the house. Once they are safe outside, it is reinforced that they should never go back in, and then they observe placing a 911 call.
Students will verbalize and recognize potential dangers in the kitchen. They will discuss using the microwave, stove, toaster, and electrical appliances, and also the dangers associated with each. There will be observable flammable items and pretend smoke, which will introduce the importance of crawling out of the kitchen quickly, underneath the smoke.
Students will learn how to respond to minor first aid techniques when they are alone. They will also learn how to manage an emergency until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrives. Skills learned include applying pressure to a bleeding wound, treating sprains, broken bones, and other first-aid treatments.
Students will learn how to develop a personal safety plan as they practice decision-making skills. They will recognize and identify potentially unsafe situations, including internet safety guidelines.
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