Fire safety education in a household is the responsibility of the adults. Kids don’t know any better. Naturally curious, they can and may start a fire if you give them the chance. This is especially true if they’re not educated on fire safety.
You’ll drastically lessen the chances of your household falling victim to a fire if you’re going to educate your kids regarding fire safety. This article has important facts that will convince you on the importance of fire safety education. More importantly, this will teach you important fire safety tips that you and your entire household should know and apply.
Eye-popping Facts about Fire Safety
These facts should convince you to promote fire safety in your household:
- A fire department responds to a fire every 25 seconds.
Yes, fire departments all over the US are pretty busy. There’s a good chance that there’s a fire department responding to a call right now, with another one following in less than 30 seconds. This will go on and on.
Do you really want to be the next one?
- A structure fire, including for homes, is reported every 65 seconds.
Your home is your most precious investment. It can go from magnificent to ashes in minutes, and your home could be the next structure fire reported if you don’t take fire safety seriously.
- A civilian dies because of a fire every 162 minutes.
This is very scary. Did you know that fires kill more people in the US than all natural disasters combined? To make matters worse, children under 5 are more than twice at risk of dying due to a fire at home. This is why teaching your kids about fire safety is very important.
There are a lot of other important facts about fire safety but these should be enough to open your eyes and ensure fire safety in your home.
Making Your Home Safer from a Fire
With your help, the entire household including your kids can make your home safer from a fire. Master these tips and apply them to ensure fire safety:
- Be a good role model.
You have to show that you’re taking fire safety very seriously so they can follow your lead. You can’t expect kids to take it seriously if you are leaving candles unattended near curtains.
- Keep fire starters out of reach and out of sight of children.
They can’t play with things that they can’t see and touch. This is why you have to keep lighters, matches and the likes out of their sight and reach.
Unless they’re old enough, you shouldn’t let them handle these fire starters anyway. Don’t make them light a candle for fun. When they’re old enough, that’s when you teach them how to use them responsibly.
- Store flammable liquids properly.
They should be in proper containers and stored in a safe place. They shouldn’t be stored in a place that has a source of fire like in a kitchen or in the living room near the fireplace.
- Use candles responsibly.
Don’t place them near things that can catch fire like curtains and wooden materials. Also, don’t leave them unattended to burn all throughout the night. Place them in areas that kids won’t accidentally bump into.
- Use electricity wisely.
Don’t overload electrical outlets. Check electrical cords to make sure that they’re not damaged. Cover electrical outlets so kids won’t be able to play with them, which is one of the most important steps in babyproofing a home so you’re hitting two birds with one stone.
Appliances that overheat or spark should be checked for possible repair or replacement. All cooking appliances and surfaces should be clean especially from grease buildup.
Speaking of cooking appliances, don’t leave dishes cooking in the kitchen unattended especially when you have kids around. If you want to teach your kids how to cook or if they want to help out, make sure that you’re there to guide and educate them.
- Establish a fire escape plan.
Even if you take precautionary measures to prevent a fire, it’s still a good idea to make sure that your family will know what to do in case of a fire. This is why you should have a fire escape plan (with at least 2 exits) that your entire family has mastered.
You can even encourage the kids to help you in establishing a fire escape plan. This infographic will teach you how to make a fire escape plan with your kids and will provide you with other tips on fire safety for kids.
Make sure that you practice. Hold regular fire drills. This can help establish composure among your family in case a fire breaks out.
- Install fire and smoke alarms.
These can help detect the presence of fire and smoke and will alarm your entire household when they happen. Make sure that your family, including your kids, knows what to do when the alarms sound.
- Assign a responsible adult as the one responsible for the kids in the event of a fire.
This person will get kids out safely.
- Make sure that kids can open all windows and doors from the inside.
These are the fire exits. They can’t help if your kids can’t open them.
- Teach your kids the stop, drop and roll technique.
This will prove to be helpful if a piece of your kids’ clothing catches fire. Running will make the fire worse. The stop, drop and roll technique is your kids’ best chance at stopping the fire.
- Have a fire extinguisher at home.
This is very helpful for small fires. Make sure that it’s placed in a strategic location. Better yet, have several placed in strategic locations depending on how big your house is. Include their location in the fire escape plan.
Also, teach your kids how to use the fire extinguisher.
Make sure that everyone is on board. The adults should master these tips, teach their kids fire safety, and practice what they preach.