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9 Tips For Fire Safety For Kids

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Everyday we do things to protect our little ones. We strap them in a car seat, so that if we are in a car accident, our little one won’t get hurt. We childproof our home to prevent accidents or injury. But is your home safe from a fire? Has it been fireproofed? Have you prepared your little one in case there is fire? Here are some simple steps that you can do to decrease the chance of a fire.

  1. Every home should have a WORKING smoke detector! Smoke detectors are your family’s first warning against a fire. Therefore install them on every level (don’t forget the basement and the garage.) of your house. Make sure they are installed on the ceiling (smoke rises) at the top of every stairs and outside of every bedroom. If you have family members that sleep with the door closed, then put one inside of the bedroom. A smoke detector should also be installed in any large room and long hallway.
  2. Another good place to put a smoke detector would be the garage. Highly flammable objects are often put there, so a smoke detector will alert you the moment there is a fire in the garage.
  3. Change all smoke detectors every 10 years.
  4. Make sure ALL of your smoke detectors are in working order. Every smoke detector has a test button. So every month push the test button to see if there is a loud beep. If there is, then it is working properly.
  5. Smoke detectors should be cleaned once a month. Smoke detectors work by sensing very small smoke particles in the air. And if the chambers are clogged with dust, it may not work properly. So make sure to vacuum all visible parts with a vacuum hose.
  6. Don’t forget to change the batteries once a year. If your detector chirps like a bird, then it is time to change the batteries. However, it is best to just change them every year. A good reminder is to change them at the start or end of the year.
  7. Never put a smoke detector by an air vent.They should be at least 3 feet from a vent so the smoke doesn’t get blown away before the detector can sense it.
  8. Have a fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers are good for putting out small fires. (Ex. Waste basket) Therefore it is a good idea to have one on each floor of your home. This includes the basement and the garage. And don’t forget the kitchen where an all purpose extinguisher is best. Also, the best time to learn how to use the fire extinguisher is now, before you ever need it.
  9. Set up a home evacuation plan. Teach your little ones that each room should have at least 2 ways out. (Ex. A door is the primary exit and a window is the secondary.) And if the primary way out is blocked by fire or smoke, then the 2nd way out is better.

    A good idea, is to put fire escape ladders in each bedroom that family members sleep. These ladders are foldable so they can be easily stored under a bed or in a closet.

    9 Tips For Fire Safety For Kids

    Fire Safety for Kids and You!

  • Get your little ones involved! Kids as young as 2 years old can learn about fire safety. Fire safety for kids is about getting everyone involved. Here are some things you and your little ones can do together.
  • Teach your little ones the difference between hot and cold. Fire safety for kids is of course about safety. So with this activity never let them actually touch something this is too hot. Instead, let your child feel something that is warm. Like a warm towel from the dryer.
  • Fire inspection time! Go through each room in your house think about all possible exists. Ask your little ones to look for exits as well. In the event of a fire, would it be an easy way to get out? Make sure it is not blocked and windows can be easily opened.
  • Teach them NEVER to play with matches, lighters, cigarettes, plugs, candles, or the stove.Explain to your children that these things are only for adult use. But don’t stop there. Tell them that if they find matches, lighters, or cigarettes to let mommy or daddy know.
  • Set up an escape plan with your little ones.Teach your little ones that fire spreads quickly so it is best to move fast. Some things to discuss with your kids are:
    1. If they hear the smoke alarm, feel the door first with the back of their hands before opening it. If it is hot, DON’T OPEN IT. Instead, find another way out.
    2. Never walk to escape a fire. It is best to crawl on the floor to avoid the smoke and fumes.
    3. Decide on a meeting place if there is a fire. Let everyone in your household know where the meeting place will be if there is a fire. Make sure that the meeting place is in front of the house and away from the fire.
    4. Teach your children never to never go back into a burning building. Once you’re out: stay out!
    5. Call 911. At the end of the drill, have your child pretend to go to a neighbor’s house to call 9-1-1.
    6. During the fire drill, it is a good idea to let the little ones practice stop, drop and roll if their clothes caught fire.
    7. At the end of the drill, have fire badges as a reward for your little ones. Kids love to color, so you can let them color their badges.
    8. Practice makes perfect. Time how long it takes for everyone to get out of the house. Then see if any changes should be made to make the exit faster. See if everyone can evacuate in less than 3 minutes. This is the time it takes for an average size house to be engulfed in fire.

    Make sure to get everyone involved. Fire safety for kids (and adults) is about consistency. That way critical key points will be forever etched in you and your family’s brain.