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"No Dragons for Tea" Fire Safety Program

Fires and related burns are the third leading cause of unintentional injuries to children. Each year, an average of 3,650 children age 14 or younger are injured or killed in residential fires. Forty percent of these casualties are under the age of 5.


Children playing with fire are the leading cause of child fire casualties. The younger the child, the more likely child play was involved in the start of the fire. In short, when children play with fire, they tend to hurt or kill themselves.


These statistics are disturbing, but the good news is that research is showing that if fire education is provided early and often the chances for curiosity fire play is reduced.


Scottsdale Fire Department offers a special fire safety program to all Scottsdale Kindergarten and first grade classrooms. Preschool opportunities are also offered. The 20-minute presentation involves a review of fire safety rules, learning a fire safety rhyme and reading of the book, “No Dragons for Tea.”



  • Educational
  • Informative
  • Promotes movement
  • Confidence


Fire Safety messages:

Get Low and Go

  • When a smoke alarm sounds, there is no time to gather toys or pets. Get out of the house as quickly as possible by crawling low under the smoke.
  • Before leaving a room when a smoke alarm sounds, test the door with the back of your hand to see if it’s hot. If it’s hot, it is not safe to leave the room that way. Attempt to get out through a window. If escape this way is not possible without injury (second story window, for example), hang stuff out of the window and yell for help.
  • Smoke alarms must be checked often to make sure they work. Test the alarm once a month; change batteries twice a year; and replace smoke alarms every 10 years.

Know your meeting place

  • It is important to know where the family will meet if there is a fire.
  • Make an exit plan and designate a family meeting place.

Stop, Drop and Roll

  • Do not run.
  • If fire gets on you, cover your face and roll until someone tells you to stop.

Firefighters are your friends

  • Do not hide from fire or firefighters.
  • Tell firefighters if someone – even a pet – is still inside the burning building.
  • Never go back into a burning building for anything.

Call 911

  • What do you need to know when you call 911.
  • When is it OK to call 911.

For more information about this program contact the Public Education Officer at lschmidt@scottsdaleaz.gov or 480-312-1817.

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