The article “Practice home fire safety drills early and often” was very informative and I hope all parents of young children read it.
One thing that crossed my mind immediately was the memory of some firefighters in a movie coming into a burning home and approaching the bedrooms where the children were (it’s nighttime). Those firemen looked very large and spooky in their large hats and gloves etc. etc., big boots, big voices. A 3 year old would be frightened and unable to move.
Children need to become accustomed to seeing firefighters in their working uniform so they would overcome their fear and run to these men. Granted, their exposure to the firemen would have to be positive and repetitive. But if one child is saved, it would be worth it.