Fire Safety in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program (New) -- Self Learning Module (3 hours)

This training meets the annual DHS Fire Safety Training requirement by covering fire safety and prevention in a child care facility. Participants will learn about fires, planning for a fire emergency, preventing fires by removing hazards and keeping the building safe, smoke/fire and carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers, recording and reporting requirements, and facility resources. The information provided is primarily based on the Pennsylvania Code and Caring for our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards.

To complete this module, view the entire PowerPoint handout below and submit the required Post Test by Survey Monkey (preferred method), or you may either scan and attach the Post Test to an e-mail, by fax, or by surface mail to ECELS. E-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to 484-446-3255.

For those in Child Care Centers (3270) completion of this module, along with on-site training from a fire safety professional, can be used annually to meet the PA DHS state regulatory requirement for fire safety training. Only ECE Centers need to complete the "Fire Safety Participant Roster for Early Childhood Centers (3270)" download below.

For additional program director resources please see our Fire Safety Checklist(s) download(s) for the following facilities:

Fire Safety Checklist in Child Care Centers (3270)

Fire Safety Checklist in Group Child Care Homes in a Commercial Space (3280)

Fire Safety Checklist in Group Child Care Homes in a Residence (3280)

Fire Safety Checklist in Family Child Care Home (3290)

Professional Standard Areas

Health and Safety (3 Hours)

  • 7a: Understand the importance of physical health and safety in creating environments that support young children’s learning and development.
    • Identify policies and procedures that ensure all children’s maximum healthy participation within the classroom
    • Identify and follow relevant laws and regulations related to child supervision practices to protect children and minimize risk
    • Describe and apply the procedures for reporting Identified health and safety risks in the environment
    • Arrange indoor and outdoor classroom environments that are physically safe and meet regulatory/safety requirements
    • Identify key components of an effective emergency preparedness plan
    • Explain policies and procedures that ensure all children’s maximum healthy participation within the classroom

Competencies:

  • Explain why rapid evacuation is essential in a fire.
  • Develop a fire evacuation plan for your program.
  • Identify the roles of staff members during a fire emergency.
  • Describe the initial steps to be taken if a fire occurs.
  • Plan and execute effective fire drills.
  • Explain the proper use and maintenance of smoke alarms for your ECE program.
  • Describe how carbon monoxide (CO) detectors can decrease the likelihood of exposure to dangerous levels of CO.
  • Explain ways to decrease the risk of CO exposure in your ECE program.
  • Describe the selection, use and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers as required for your ECE program.
  • Identify hazards in your ECE program which could increase the likelihood of a fire.
  • Describe actions that you can take to decrease the risk of a fire.
  • Identify fire safety documentation requirements.
  • Identify resources available to assist in fire prevention planning and fire safety promotion for your facility.

Reviewed and Reaffirmed 08/2023

Important Reminders

  • Each module must be independently completed for credit.
  • The per person fee is $15.00 for each module or recorded webinar submitted.    
  • Use the Module and Webinar Payment Form  when submitting for multiple people from one site.

Ready to submit your module to ECELS?
Be sure to include for each person's work:

  • All required module documents.
  • A completed Registration Form
  • The per person fee is $15.00 for each module or recorded webinar submitted.

For more information, please contact ECELS or call 800-243-2357.