Fire safety and prevention are crucial skills to teach your children in order to keep everyone in your home safe. One of the major leading causes of residential building fires and injuries for children under age 10 is playing with a heat source, which includes lighters and matches. Many of these tragedies could be prevented with proper education and prevention. Teaching your children about the hazards of playing with matches and other flammable materials, as well as practicing a fire escape plan with your family, can help prevent accidents and injuries. Here are some easy ways to teach your children about fire safety and have fun at the same time.
Test Your Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms should be maintained regularly to ensure that your home is protected in the event of a fire. You should test your alarms and change the batteries at least once a year. When you test them, it’s a perfect time for you to teach your kids about what a fire alarm sounds like and what to do when a fire alarm goes off. That way, they will not be frightened if the alarm goes off. Involve your kids in replacing the batteries in your smoke alarms throughout your house to help them better understand what smoke alarms are and their role in fire safety.
Practice Fire Drills
Now that the weather is getting warmer, it is the perfect time to get outside and practice family fire drills. You should create an escape plan with two exit routes out of the house and a safe meeting point outside. Make sure your children know the importance of getting out of the house quickly in the event of a fire. Sometimes getting low and crawling through the house is not the fastest or safest way out of a room. Learning how to open a window, take out the screen, and exit through the window is an important skill for your kids to learn and practice.
Teach Your Children Not to Play With Flammable Objects
Keep children three feet away from anything that can get hot. This includes obvious things like stove-tops, ovens, and heaters, including irons, straighteners, hot glue guns, and any open flames. Never play with lighters or matches. Keep anything with an open flame, such as candles or barbeques, away from children and anything flammable that could possibly catch on fire.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
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