Experts say it's also important to teach children that firefighters are their friends. Kids often run or hide from firemen during an actual fire because they look frightening with their full protective gear, including masks and axes. Visit a local fire station so your children can see what the equipment looks like and learn why it's used.
"People think that fires happen to other people," says Marlene Petro, who is now the executive director of the local American Red Cross chapter that helped her family after a fire in their home. But the truth is that more families are affected by fires than all other disasters combined. It can happen to you, so be ready.