Fire Safety: How to Stay Safe Social Story
This social story was created by ASERT to describe the elements of fire safety for individuals with autism.
If there is a fire in my home, the smoke alarm may start to make a loud beeping noise.
When the smoke alarm sounds, it may be loud and hurt my ears.
If I hear the smoke alarm, I need to go outside and wait for my parents.
If I am in a room, I should touch my door with the back of my hand to make sure it is cool before I open it.
I should leave my things in my room.
I should stay low under the smoke. This means I might need to crawl on the floor.
I should go outside quickly and try to stay calm.
My family might have a fire safety plan. I should follow the instructions of the fire safety plan.
I should wait for my family outside and stay in one place. I should always meet my family in the same place.
A fire truck will come and the siren will be loud. I can cover my ears.
I should not go back inside my house until the firefighters tell me it is safe.
The firefighters will use their tools and water to put out the fire.
I must listen to what the firefighter tells me. The firefighters want to keep me safe.
The firefighters will be wearing bulky clothing, thick gloves, and a helmet. They will also wear a facemask.
They will sound like Darth Vader if they are wearing their face mask. I must listen closely to what the firefighters say.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.