A handout on child development that I received at Finn’s 5-year-old checkup today talked about teaching a child his age how to behave in certain circumstances, like if someone they don’t know offers to take them for ice cream, if there’s a medical emergency, etc. One of the areas was what to do if the house is on fire.
Now, we do not have an established “fire plan” and honestly we’ve never discussed this with him. However, his preschool had a unit on what to do in an emergency and had firefighters come to the school to talk about fire safety. So I thought he might know anyways, despite my poor parenting for not teaching him.
Me: “What should you do if there’s a fire in our house?”
Finn: “Drop and roll.”
Me: “Well, no, that’s what you do if your clothes are on fire. If there is a fire in the house you should go out the first door you can find, and go to the front yard.”
Finn: “You could bump your head if you drop and roll.”