How to Teach Children Fire Safety

Most adults are familiar with the dangers of fire and they know what to do in the event of one. However when it comes to teaching children about fire safety, they tend to struggle. It is a difficult conversation and one that many no one enjoys. You don’t want to scare your kids but you want them to know exactly what to do in a worst case scenario. It is a tricky subject but here is a little guide on how you can help your children.

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1.Before throwing them in at the deep end, introduce them to the topic. This may sound silly but watching the children’s tv programme, Fireman Sam is a great introduction. The programme shows the main character fighting fires and explains how they were caused. It is good to introduce the topic from an early age and a visual can help explain the dangers of fire. If this doesn’t seem age appropriate there are also online games and colouring in activities to aid you in your explanation.

2.Secondly after you have introduced the topic and they know the dangers, teach them about prevention equipment. Most houses should contain a smoke alarm and a fire blanket or extinguisher. Prevention is cheaper than the cure and while an extinguisher might seem unnecessary, it is useful to have one on hand. Show the child the smoke alarm, explain its position and let them heard the sound. Making them aware of the sound helps them to understand what is happening in the event of a fire.

3.Explain to children that fire fighters are heroes and that they shouldn’t be scared of them. This will help feel more comfortable and in the event of the fire they need to know not to run away from them.

4.Make a plan. Show your children what to do in the event of a fire, teach them an escape route and practise following the route. Teach them more than one option so talk them through opening windows as a back up and explain to them that they may have to feel their way out of the building. Explain the safe way to open door handles in case they are hot and tell them that when they get out, they need to stay out. Don’t leave any area unturned. Fire safety is necessary and although it might not be our favourite topic especially when talking to our kids, in the case of a fire you will be glad you prepared them.

5.After going through everything they need to know, reward your child with a certificate. Make a fire safety certificate for them to show they’ve learnt important skills and to highlight just how important the information you’ve given them actually was.

Author bio:

Jason Kidd works for www.firesafetystore.co.uk, Online fire safety and protection retailer based in the UK. Jason has many years experience working within the fire safety industry.

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Deprivation and Meditation: Sudden Flight Series at the Picasso Abstract Painter Chiqui Rodriguez

Filipino abstract painter, Chiqui Rodriguez announces her major new series entitled SUDDEN FLIGHT, her solo show to be held in Zurich by late summer will have its preview opening in a two-man show at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, hosted by Altromondo Gallery on 22 May 2014 and continuing through 18 July 2014.

The 15 selected paintings from a total of over 100 works that comprise the SUDDEN FLIGHT series, awash in vibrant color, are sure to dazzle visitors to the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences. Chiqui’s unique approach to blending acrylic pigments on canvas creates gem-like surfaces. Peering through the surface to what is depicted below, the viewer realizes that all is not as glowing as it first appears. Chiqui is noted for her deep abstraction of complex realism.

Chiqui also explores a complex subject; her work calls attention to our culture’s thought of hardwork. Much of Chiqui’s artwork is influenced by her experience in the corporate world. Through this new body of work, she connects hardwork to social class as a form of meditation.

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Says Chiqui of her SUDDEN FLIGHT series, “I was inspired by my short trip to Brussels after a show held in Berlin in 2013. I arrived with the intent of finding an artist who would be willing to collaborate with me in my upcoming projects, so I started to look around. Instead of finding an artist, I found some Filipinos who work around the city. My interaction with them in a different environment led to varied conversations about how challenging life is to be away from their love ones but nevertheless find solace knowing that their families benefit from their sacrifice. I started on my e-sketchpad and started to express my thoughts after this encounter. The title ‘Sudden Flight’ refers to several layers of meaning: sudden burst of happiness, excitement as reaching out lives of far-flung Filipinos extending compassion, a moment of bliss.”

The show plans to bring forward awareness on the inner thoughts of Overseas Filipino Workers.

About the Artist:

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Chiqui Rodriguez enjoys telling people how she started as an artist. It kicked-off one morning discussing the paintings she had been working on back in 2003 while having coffee with her long-time confidante.

Fearful that she did not finish a BFA degree, she was nevertheless encouraged to share her work publicly because painting has been her hobby since she was six. Through her renewed confidence and the opportunity entrusted in her, she learned that she can do anything to cultivate her art. With this experience, she believed that she can also inspire others that everything is possible if you put your heart into it. Chiqui went on to develop her signature painting style since then. The politically motivated environment of the Philippines and her adventures while traveling between Asia Pacific and Europe molded her ideals of optimism, hope and internal happiness. The first of five series from her upcoming exhibition “Sudden Flight” is now viewable through chiquirodriguez.com and Saatchi Art. While the Manila preview of the fourth series is on 22 May 2014 at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences hosted by Altromondo Gallery (www.altromondo.ph/artist-profiles/chiqui-rodriguez/).

Chiqui continues to research on cultural entrepreneurship in developing countries like the Philippines and remains active in various social causes.

For more information and high-resolution images contact:

Chiqui Rodriguez
chiqui@chiquirodriguez.com

http://chiquirodriguez.com

*This is a press release.

Express Your Love with Mothers Day Flowers

When I asked my daughter’s friends to describe their Moms in one word, here are their answers…

loving
kind
caring
beautiful
thoughtful
giving
hard working

It feels good to hear all these positive descriptions. Isn’t it rewarding to know that Moms and their efforts are being appreciated? In Motherhood, it is not just the parenting itself that is daunting but to live up to the expectations of their family and the people around them as well. The exact reason why Moms transform themselves as to whoever their family needed them to be…a doctor and a nurse at the same time when the children are sick, a manager and budget officer in the house, a chef who cooks her family’s favorite food, a friend when her children are battling with emotions, and sometimes even a chauffeur and maintenance worker when Dad is not around.

Being a Mom is not easy. But beyond running the household and managing the finances is the satisfaction they feel each day knowing that they are loved and that all their efforts are being appreciated. A tight hug and sweet kisses from her children everyday are enough to wash away all their weariness and exhaustions. But of course Moms deserve something special on special occasions.

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Now that Mother’s Day is approaching, do you have any plans to show your Mom how much you appreciate her? How about a bouquet of Mothers Day flowers from Fresh Flowers? Gifts don’t need to be always expensive. Sometimes the simplest ones are the best. The freshest and niftiest gift ideas from Fresh Flowers are perfect for Mother’s day just like this bunch of flowers on a keepsake mug showcasing your own sentimental photo. It’s a thoughtful gift that will remind your Mom as to how well she raised you. It’s a wonderful gift to thank your Mom and to express your love for her on Mother’s Day.