DIY Firefighter Hat & Fire Safety Printable - Engineer Mommy
Oct 122015
 

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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

Firefighter Hat DIY

Firefighter Hat Kid’s Craft

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!

Finding the batteries at Walmart

Finding the batteries at Walmart

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!

Replacing the Batteries on the Smoke Detector

Replacing the Batteries on the Smoke Detector

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!

Supplies:
poster board
yellow construction paper
red paint
scrapbook stickers
glue stick

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.

Firefighter Hat Template

Firefighter Hat Template


Firefighter Hat Template

Firefighter Hat Template

2. Paint with red paint.

Painting the hat red

Painting the hat red


Here is my daughter working on her version. She refused to stick with red paint! Ha!
Charlotte painting her hat

Charlotte painting her hat

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!

Adding the yellow badge

Adding the yellow badge


Adding the yellow badge

Adding the yellow badge

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.

Printable

CYCCYB Printable


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!
Printable displayed as a reminder

Printable displayed as a reminder


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!

Fire Safety Coloring Page

Fire Safety Coloring 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?!







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25 Responses to “DIY Firefighter Hat & Fire Safety Printable”

  1. That is too cute. My husband is a firefighter, so my kids have the real thing 😉 This is awesome for fire safety month.

  2. This is so much fun, I would share this with some teacher friends

  3. One: the hat is super cute!!! Two: thanks for the reminder! We JUST closed on our new house, but I’m not sure when she changed the batteries last- I’ll get on that this weekend!

    • EngineerMommy

      Thanks! Yes, definitely remember to replace those batteries! It’s such an easy thing to do and it give such peace of mind!
      Thanks for stopping by, Chelley!

  4. I’m sure my ten year old would love to do this too he really loves to do DIY’s stuff. Your daughter looks had fun.

    • EngineerMommy

      Yes, she definitely enjoyed this project! And I love that I was able to discuss with her some tips about fire safety, too!
      Thanks for visiting, Nikki!

  5. Great Idea! I actually know someone whose rental hours burned because they didn’t change the batteries in the smoke detector and it was too late by the time they smelled the smoke.

    • EngineerMommy

      That’s such a sad story! It’s so important to remember to change the batteries in the smoke detectors! Only takes a few minutes. Thanks for visiting, Cindy!

  6. This is such a nice thing to do for fire prevention month. It’s definitely important to make sure that your smoke alarms are up and running. I can’t believe Energizer has been doing this for 25 years.

  7. What a fun way to get the kids engaged in the fire safety discussion. I need to remember check my clocks and batteries too.

    • EngineerMommy

      Yes, when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time, also change your smoke detector batteries. Don’t forget to grab the free printables to help you remember, Liz!!

  8. These are great. My kids would be enjoying with handy crafts. I would share this to my friends.

  9. how awesome! This is pretty nifty idea. My daughter would love to try this.

  10. We luckily don’t have battery operated smoke alarms. They are wired into the house. This firefighter hat is adorable and so simple! I love it!

    • EngineerMommy

      In our old house, our smoke detectors were wired into the house, but they still had back-up batteries, which need to be replaced regularly too! Otherwise, during a power outage, if your backup batteries have run out of power, your house will not be protected.
      Thanks for visiting, Stephanie!

  11. This is such a great project! My little one is obsessed with firemen right now. Also, thanks for the smoke detector reminder!

  12. Great hats and fun for the kids to get involved in learning through play and coloring. #client

    • EngineerMommy

      Yes, we try to teach through play! When the kids are having fun, they love learning! Thanks for visiting, Carolyn!

  13. My kids keep me accountable too. It’s important, so I’m glad. :)

  14. Love the hat. That looks like lots of fun! Sounds like a great campaign!

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