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Teach Fire Safety to Children

Fire is one of the leading causes of death among young children.  Protect your family by talking to your kids about fire safety.

Teaching tips for adults

  • Be calm and reasonable.
  • Try not to scare children.
  • Teach kids to be responsible about fire by explaining the risks and dangers realistically.  Tell them the truth.
  • Be confident.  Children should know that the adults in their lives can protect them and that they can protect themselves as well.
  • Explain how smoke alarms and automatic sprinkler systems protect your family from fire.
  • Involve your children in home fire safety.  Have them help you make a family escape plan and practice it twice a year.
  • Set a good example by practicing fire-safe behavior.
  • Teach older children to use fire responsibly.  Have them light candles or help set up a fire in the fireplace or barbecue, but only under constant adult supervision.
  • Make children feel grown up. Let them know you expect them to act like adults when it comes to fire safety.

Home Fire Drills

  • Make fire safety planning a family activity.
  • Have children help make a floor plan of your home.
  • Ask children to find two ways out of each room.
  • Discuss escape routes.  Ask children for suggestions.
  • Discuss what to do if a primary escape route is blocked.
  • Have children help pick an outside meeting place in front of your home where everyone will gather after they've escaped from a fire.
  • Practice your escape plan by holding regular family fire drills.
  • Install and maintain at least one working smoke alarm on each floor of your home.
  • Be sure children know to escape immediately when they hear the sound of a smoke alarm.

Teach children:  Get out and stay out!  Once you escape from fire, don't go back inside for any reason.
 

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