Fire prevention week
My six-year-old twins and I recently saw Disney’s Planes, Fire and Rescue, which has prompted an incredible new interest in all things fire related. We’ve had to talk about forest fires, and house fires, and fire helicopters and fire trucks, and on and on and on.
Not only that, one of my six-year-old princesses has now decided she wants to be a fire “person” when she grows up! I used to think it was just little boys that wanted to grow up and be a firefighter, but that myth has been totally debunked! We have created fighter costumes, firehouses, and firetrucks out of any number of toys in their toy box. And let me tell you, that girl absolutely loses her blueberries every time she hears a siren. Anytime she hears one she screams, “Fire!” We’ve had to have a conversation or two about the dangers of yelling “Fire” in public places.
On the bright side though, her sudden obsession with firefighting opened up a great door for us to have some new fire safety conversations. It’s so important that your kids know what to do in a fire, not just at school, but at home as well.
Here are some great tips for you to use when teaching your children about in-home fire safety.
- Develop a Family Escape Plan
In our house, the grown ups sleep downstairs and the children sleep upstairs, so the kids need their own separate escape plan. And just like at school, you need to practice that escape plan at least once a month.
- Create a Designated Safe Meeting Place
When you have all escaped the house, you need to have a designated meeting place that is safe for all members of the family to get to. If you have little people, make sure they don’t have to cross the street to get to their safe place. For us, our safe place is our next door neighbor’s front porch.
- Equip Your Home with Practical Fire Prevention Equipment
- Smoke Detectors outside of every bedroom and in the kitchen and utility rooms
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Safety ladders for two-story homes
- Fire extinguishers
- Fire lock boxes to protect your important papers
- Let Kids Learn About Fire Safety in a Fun Way
One of our favorite websites is http://www.sparky.org. It’s got some great games and activities that teach kids all about the dangers of fire.
- Practice Stop Drop And Roll
Seems kind of outdated, but according to many sources we asked, Stop, Drop and Roll is an effective way to teach kids not to panic if they catch on fire. It should be used in conjunction with other firefighting methods to adequately extinguish a fire.
Take some time this week to talk with your little people about fire safety. Practice your safety routines and even spend some time roll playing what to do in case a fire ever breaks out in your home. Remember, safety first!
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