Teaching Propane Safety to Your Children
If you own a home that uses propane gas, one of your biggest responsibilities is to make sure your whole family – including your children – knows what to do in case of an emergency.
But what’s the best way to teach a child about propane safety? How do you make the lessons memorable so they can do exactly what they need to in the event of a propane leak or a problem with one of your propane appliances?
The key, according to the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) – is to make learning about propane safety memorable and fun. The good news is that PERC has put together some materials to help you do that.
Four ways to teach propane safety to children
Here are some ideas from our friends at PERC:
- Make your child a “Safety Ranger” – Use this checklist to teach your kids which appliances in your Iowa home use propane, along with essentials like where to find gas and CO (carbon monoxide) detectors, what propane smells like, and more.
- Make a “family meeting place” sign – Designate a location a safe distance from your home where your family will meet in an emergency, then let your children make a sign for it. You can make your own, or you can use this template.
- Hold a propane leak safety drill – Have your children imagine what would happen on the day of a gas leak so you can practice your safety plan together.
- Think “fun” – Illustrate your propane safety messages with fun activities. Check out this website for Games, Coloring Pages, and More.
Follow these tips and your child is much more likely to remember what to do in an emergency – information that could save a life. Take the time to teach them well – and have some fun along the way!
For more tips and activities, visit the Tools and Resources page at PropaneKids.com.