Fires can start in an instant and spread quickly in your home. Your foremost concern is the safety of your family – they cannot be replaced! Secondly, is your home and all of the tangible things that are also important to you.
The Flames and Smoke. Curious children can start fires without meaning to. It is important for parents to set aside some time to teach their children about fire safety.
Have you a home Fire Safety Plan?
- The family and all your belongings safe from fires?
- Have you implemented a Home Fire Safety Plan?
- Do you know what to do in the event of a fire?
The many homes have home security systems with fire monitoring. This is an excellent addition to your home, but does not substitute for teaching your children how to get out of the house. They will still need to evacuate the premises in the event of a fire.
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Compiling a home fire safety plan ensures that all members of the household take part to ensure optimal fire prevention measures are being followed and also equipping them with the proper safety procedures should a fire start in your home. One of the best ways to teach small children about fire safety is to make it fun.
Teaching children about fire Safety at home
The U.S. Fire Administration has several publications that are all available for free to help children learn such as coloring book pages, safety word searches, escape plan mazes, and more. Have your children practice their home fire safety by working their online quizzes.
It is important for your kids to know what fire is and that it can be harmful to your family. They need to understand how incredibly dangerous fires can be. Discuss that the first sign of a fire may be smoked.
Just.. Teach your children to practice fire safety in their room or playroom by not placing any clothes or paper products on top of lamps. Heaters and radiators should be avoided by children.
An informed child is less like to play with matches or lighters. Show children what matches, lighters and candles look like. Explain to them that they should never touch them because fires can start. The danger of these items should be fully explained until your children do seem to understand.
Fireplaces and wood stoves need to be avoided by children. Explain to your kids that standing close could cause them or their clothes to be burned. Never allow children to help you build a fire in the fireplace or load a wood stove.
Kitchen safety is equally important. Teach your small children never to touch the stove. Older children should be taught not to use the stove or oven without an adult present. Make sure to keep all pot handles toward the center of the stove. This can prevent little hands from reaching up to get the pot.
Teach to your children the smoke alarms in the home. Test the alarm while they are present so that they can hear the sound. Instruct them on what to do if they hear the smoke alarm go off. By thinking ahead and having a home fire safety plan you can substantially reduce the risk of fire in your home or at the very least ensure your family stays safe in the event a fire does occur.
If you are one of the families that have not purchased home security system you may want to consider one for your family’s safety. Remember, protecting your home and family from fires requires knowledge, planning, and involvement of every member of your family.