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.
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):
For additional program director resources please see our Fire Safety Checklist for the following facilities:
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
- 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