Fire Safety Education
The Museum, in conjunction with the New York City Fire Department, operates a world-class fire safety education program designed to teach participants how to prevent fires within the home and how to protect themselves and escape should a fire occur.
The program consists of two components – classroom training and a simulated fire event in a mock home environment (see photos below). During the first portion, students are shown an age appropriate video regarding fire safety and burn prevention. Immediately following the video, a New York City firefighter leads a discussion to reinforce safety information presented in the video.
During the second half of the program, the firefighter leads the students through various rooms in a mock apartment.
In each room (living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom), various fire and burn hazards are black-lit and the firefighter spends time explaining how each can cause a fire and what can be done to prevent it. When the group reaches the bedroom, the firefighter closes the door to continue his/her discussion. Simultaneously, the firefighter's assistant fills the rest of the apartment with theatrical smoke. A smoke alarm sounds and the firefighter teaches the children how to escape, and then helps them practice.
When the fire safety portion of the program is complete, the children are given a historical tour of the Museum's first floor, "The Evolution of Firefighting," by a retired New York City firefighter.
The entire program takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. The Museum provides organized tours Mondays through Fridays at 10:30AM, 11:30AM and 12:30PM for groups consisting of a minimum of 10 individuals and a maximum of 35 individuals, including both children and adults, per time slot. The cost is $3 per child and $5 per adult. For every 10 children, one adult is admitted free. Advance reservations are needed and a $30 deposit is required to secure your time slot.
Please be advised that the Museum does not have lunchroom facilities.
To arrange a tour for your group or class please call our Housewatch Desk at (212) 691-1303 x14. We look forward to your visit!
TEACHER RESOURCESDownload an activity guide (PDF) for your classroom
Click on a mock apartment photo below to view the larger size