Fire Safety

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Fire Safety Merit Badge requirement resources include the Merit Badge Worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF, lesson video links,
Home Safety Checklist, graph paper, and links to related Merit Badges and Boy Scout Awards.
You go to a fire station and learn about the equipment.
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Fire Safety merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1995
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 050
Requirements revision: 2005
Latest pamphlet revision: 2004


Fire Safety requirements

  1. Do the following:
    a. Demonstrate the technique of stop, drop, roll, and cool. Explain how burn injuries can be prevented.
    b. List the most frequent causes of burn injuries.
  2. Explain the chemistry and physics of fire. Name the parts of the fire tetrahedron. Explain why vapors are important to the burning process. Name the products of combustion. Give an example of how fire grows and what happens.
  3. Name the most frequent causes of fire in the home and give examples of ways they can be prevented. Include a discussion about fires caused by smoking in the home, cooking, candles, fireplaces, and electrical appliances.
  4. Do the following:
    a. Explain the role of human behavior in the arson problem in this country
    b. List the actions that cause seasonal fires and explain how these fires can be prevented.
  5. List common circumstances that cause holiday-related fires and explain how these fires can be prevented.
  6. Conduct a home safety survey with the help of an adult. Then do the following:
    a. Draw a home fire-escape plan, create a home fire-drill schedule, and conduct a home fire drill.
    b. Test a smoke alarm and demonstrate regular maintenance of a smoke alarm.
    c. Explain what to do when you smell gas and when you smell smoke.
    d. Explain how you would report a fire alarm.
    e. Explain what fire safety equipment can be found in public buildings.
    f. Explain who should use fire extinguishers and when these devices can be used.
    g. Explain how to extinguish a grease pan fire.
    h. Explain what fire safety precautions you should take when you are in a public building.
  7. Do the following:
    a. Demonstrate lighting a match safely.
    b. Demonstrate the safe way to start a charcoal fire.
    c. Demonstrate how to safely light a candle. Discuss with your counselor how to safely use candles.
  8. Explain the difference between combustible and noncombustible liquids and between combustible and noncombustible fabrics.
  9. Do the following:
    a. Demonstrate the safe way to fuel a lawnmower.
    b. Demonstrate the safety factors, such as proper ventilation, for auxiliary heating devices and the proper way to fuel those devices.
  10. Do the following:
    a. Explain the cost of outdoor and wildland fires and how to prevent them.
    b. Demonstrate setting up and putting out a cooking fire.
    c. Demonstrate using a camp stove and lantern.
    d. Explain how to set up a campsite safe from fire.
  11. Visit a fire station. Identify the types of fire trucks. Find out about the fire prevention activities in your community.
  12. Choose a fire safety-related career that interests you and describe the level of education required and responsibilities of a person in that position. Tell why this position interests you.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2016 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #621535)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Fire Safety is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
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3. Fire Safety merit badge meets Sea Scout [Able] rank required list (requirement 12).

Requirement resources

Related awards

Outdoor Skills Awards
Outdoor-related awards
Emergency Preparedness Awards
Emergency Preparedness-related awards

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