Fire Safety for Children
Teaching Your Children About Fire Safety
Children face the highest risk of fire injury in the United States so discussing the potential risks and what to do in the event of a fire, is imperative to keeping them out of harms way. Knowing what to in advance and being prepared for possible scenarios is what will ensure a safe and quick exit for all.
Small children do not have the capacity to understand whether or not something is hot. Never underestimate their curiosity in possibly having to find out for themselves. Teach them that items like lighters and matches are not toys, and make sure they know to hand them over to a trusted adult when found.
Fire Blankets and Child Safety
Every bedroom should have a fire blanket. In the event of having to escape a fire, protecting the skin from heat and smoke inhalation will ensure a safe escape. Make sure children know where their fire blankets are located and how to use them in an emergency.
It is important to teach your children to:
- Practice fire drills twice a year, learning important escape routes
- Communicate a fire immediately
- Never place their items on hot surfaces
- Keep a flashlight by the bed
- Never put any item into an electrical socket
- Unlock windows & screens -only done in case of emergency
- Keep bedroom doors closed at night
- Crawl and not run to exits when smoke is present
- Never return into a burning house for anything, including toys and pets, but instead tell a fireman
- Yell from an open window if a fire blocks the door
- If clothes catch fire, stop, drop and roll
Kitchen Fire Prevention
About half of all fires across the United States start in the kitchen and are mostly the result of unattended cooking or carelessness. The majority of kitchen fires are preventable. In the event of a stovetop fire, smother the fire with your FireAway fire blanket.
Prevent the start and/or spread of a fire by adhering to these guidelines:
- Make sure pots, pans and stove surfaces are clean and free of grease build up that could cause a fire.
- Empty toaster oven twice weekly, avoiding the build up of food crumbs
- If you have an electric stove, never lay potholders, dishtowels, food items, etc on top o the stove. Not visually seeing the fire, such as with a gas stove, makes it easier to disregard that the stove might be hot or even still on.
- Always turn the stove or oven off when leaving the house. Even if you are simmering or boiling food, leaving the kitchen for any reason with the stove should never happen, even if just to borrow an ingredient from a neighbor.
- Children should not be in the kitchen by themselves
- Do not wear loose fitting and/or highly flammable clothing while cooking
- Never add water to grease, or it will only ignite and possibly spread
Holiday Safety Tips
The holiday season in particular is a time where domestic fires peak, so we urge everyone to take special precaution during this time. Additional cooking, lights and flammable objects in the home pose added safety risks, so it is important to be aware of this at all times.
- Remember that once trees & needles dry out, they become fire hazards when combined with holiday lighting. Discard promptly as soon as your tree starts to dry out.
- Maintain your holiday lights. Be sure to inspect them each year, looking for problems like cracked sockets, frayed wires, insulation gaps and excessive wear.
- Keep trees away from fireplaces, heaters and any other heat source
- Do no overload electrical outlets. Instead use an extension cord, and check occasionally to make sure that the wires does not heat up. If so, the cords need to be unplugged.
- Do not leave home or go to sleep with holiday lights on
- When lighting candles, make sure they are in a stand, in a place where and never burning for too long, especially not unattended.
- Do not put wrapping paper in the fireplace
- Make sure all exits are accessible, and not blocked by furniture or decorations