Did you all know that October is Fire Safety Month? In honor of Fire Safety Month, I have a fun little craft that’s perfect to do with the kids! Today, we are making a Firefighter’s Hat using poster board, construction paper and paint! In addition, I am sharing a free printable that will help you remember to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. When you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time on November 1, Energizer® wants to remind you to also change your smoke detector batteries. They’re even running a campaign to spread the word: Change Your Clock Change Your Battery™! #ChangeYourClock #CollectiveBias
Want to see the craft my kids & I did for Fire Safety Month?!
DIY Firefighter Hat & Fire Safety Printable
This Change Your Clock Change Your Battery™ campaign actually started over 25 years ago because Energizer® cares a lot about the safety of families! Working toward this effort, Energizer® has actually donated over 5 million batteries in order to ensure that more families have functioning smoke alarms! Isn’t that amazing?!
In order to replace the batteries in my smoke detector, I headed right to Walmart to buy new Energizer® MAX® 9V batteries. They were easy to find- right in a center aisle of the store in the Battery Center stand!
I simply twisted the smoke detector off its mounting plate and was able to pop out the old battery and install the new one! Easy peasy!
It was so easy to replace the batteries in the smoke detector. It’s something that we should all do a few times a year! Here’s a fascinating statistic that surprised me! According to the National Fire Protection Association, 71% of non-functioning smoke alarms had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. By simply replacing the batteries in your smoke detector often enough, you will ensure you have detectors with fresh batteries!
I think it’s very important to discuss some basic fire safety principles with my kids, so in order to facilitate that discussion, the girls & I made a fun little firefighter hat together! I find that when my girls and I are crafting together, it’s a great time to open up the lines of communication with them! I love talking to my daughters about fire safety because I know they will keep me accountable! Whereas I may forget something down the road, they usually remind me!! So we are making it a rule in our home that whenever the time changes (for Daylight Savings Time), we also replace the batteries in all our smoke detectors! I talked to my daughters about this rule and encouraged them to remind me about it in the future!! They love reminding Mommy about “following the rules!”
Want to make a firefighter’s hat for yourself? Here’s the tutorial for the DIY Firefighter Hat!
yellow construction paper
1. Trace this firefighter hat template that I designed onto a sheet of poster board. Cut along all solid lines and fold along dashed lines.
2. Paint with red paint.
Here is my daughter working on her version. She refused to stick with red paint! Ha!
3. Cut out a badge shape from yellow construction paper. Using a marker and scrapbook stickers, write “F.D.” on the badge and adhere some number stickers to it, as well. Glue the badge to the hat!
How easy was that! While working on the firefighter’s hat craft, we also discussed the importance of always taking fire drills seriously and always following the rules when exiting a building. I reminded them that children may never touch electrical cords, matches or the stove. We also talked about dialing 9-1-1 in case of a fire.
I also made this easy printable to remind myself to change my batteries whenever I change my clocks for Daylight Savings Time.
I put it in a frame and displayed it in the laundry room. I’m there several times a week and it serves as a cute reminder for me!
Click here if you would like to download the free reminder printable for yourself! Just pop it into a frame and display it somewhere prominent so that you’ll see it often!
I’ve always been a huge fan of Energizer® batteries, because I love that they are long-lasting! They are also designed to protect against damaging leaks for up to two years after fully used when left in low-drain devices. Another amazing thing I recently learned is that Energizer® batteries will hold power for up to 10 years in storage!
My daughters love coloring, so I printed out this adorable fire safety coloring sheet from Energizer®. Sophia had a blast coloring in her page!
If you’d like to print out a coloring page for your kids, and also get a super useful fire safety checklist, please click here!!
Be sure to learn more about Energizer® batteries here and tell me in the Comments below: how do you remember to replace your smoke detector batteries?!