SCOUTS - Be Prepared

Fire Safety

The Scout must complete these nine requirements.

  1. Understand how the local fire service works.
  2. Give a simple explanation of the process of combustion. Know the effects of smoke and heat, and how to act in smoke.
  3. Know the dangers of and understand the fire precautions necessary in the home relating to:
    • Oil heaters and open solid fuel fires
    • Portable electric fires
    • Drying clothes
    • Electric wiring and fuses
    • Smoking materials, particularly matches
    • Uses of household gas and petrol
    • Party decorations and candles
    • Closing doors and windows.
  4. Explain the benefits of having smoke detectors in the home and describe where they should be located.
  5. Know the dangers of fire at camp and what precautions should be taken. Know the causes of heath and grass fires and how to deal with an outbreak.
  6. Explain what action should be taken, and why, on an outbreak of fire. Know how to call the fire service and the correct procedure to be followed.
  7. Know how to use and recognise various fire extinguishers including water, dry powder, foam and carbon dioxide types. Know what kinds of fire they should be used on.
  8. Know how to deal with a person whose clothes are on fire.
  9. Talk with their family about the actions to be taken in the event of a fire in their home.
This badge can be completed by taking part in a locally organised course as agreed between themselves, the Section leadership team and the local fire service.