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Teaching Kids Fire Safety | SERVPRO of East Fullerton/Placentia

2/7/2024 (Permalink)

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There is so much we do every day to protect our children and keep our homes safe. Both of these responsibilities can be almost daily tasks—there are so many risks and hazards we have to be prepared for! 

Along with ensuring our homes are ready to handle each season and our children are ready to handle schools and growth milestones, we need to also make sure both are ready for potential fires. 

Teaching your kids fire safety is crucial to ensure you can all get out in the event of a disaster. There are ways you can prepare your home and your family without creating a lot of fear. Spend some time talking about fire safety with your family to keep everyone safe. 

Start With Prevention 

In order to prevent creating fear as you prepare your kids for a fire, start by sharing with them the fire prevention tools you have in place at home. Walk them through the house and show them where your smoke detectors are. 

These should be placed outside of every sleeping area and on every floor of your home. Turn them on while your kids listen so that they know what they sound like and you know their batteries are good. 

Talk with your kids about the power of fire, and teach them to never play with matches or lighter. Children are naturally curious about how things work, so further protect them by keeping matches and lighters out of their reach. 

Remove candles from your home as well. Flameless candles are a great alternative and can still offer the ambiance and even the smell of a regular candle without the risk. 

If your kids are older and utilize appliances in the kitchen, make sure they know how to properly respond if something sparks. There should always be a pot lid close by to smother flames, but also keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Teach older children how to use them. Remind them to always turn heat sources off and to unplug appliances when they are not in use. 

Make a Plan

Disasters can still strike in even the most prepared home. While ensuring you have plenty of prevention in place is crucial for protecting your loved ones, you also need to make a plan so they know how to respond if things get out of control. Fires can spread rapidly, leaving you less than two minutes to safely get out. 

Draw a basic map of your home with your children. Make a game out of deciding what the fastest route out of each room is. Set a timer and have them race to see who can get out of a space and to a safe meeting spot outside of the home the fastest. Do a belly crawl race as well so that your children can learn how to stay low and avoid smoke in a fun way. 

Talk to your children about safely navigating stairs in their exit route and how you will handle exiting out a window when it is the only option. Practice your plan regularly, and play your escape games. The more you can make your family comfortable, the better a potential disaster scenario will go. 

Do you have damage from a fire in your home? Contact our SERVPRO® team, and we will get things back to normal fast!

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