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Educate Your Children Early in Fire Prevention

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Every year, over 3,000 people are killed and over 18,000 people are injured due to residential fires. In fires traced back to “playing with a heat source,” over 90 percent of the deaths are children under the age of 10. If this does not shock you into realizing we must address fire safety with children as soon as possible, nothing will.

Teaching Your Kids About Fire Safety

How to Practice Fire Safety in Your Home:

  • Teach children that fire is dangerous and moves fast. Things such as fireplace embers and matches are not toys, but dangerous items that can literally kill.
  • Secure any fire lighting instruments, such as lighters, matches, and torches, in areas where children cannot get to them. If necessary, keep them under lock and key.
  • Teach your children to not be afraid of firemen, but at the same time to recognize the credentials of real firemen.
  • Set off your fire alarm so the children will recognize its sound.
  • Develop a fire escape plan for the entire home, practicing it several times throughout the year. Your children should know their primary and secondary escape routes as well as the family gathering spot outside the home to meet in the case of an evacuation.
  • Prepare your children in what they need to do in the unfortunate instance that their clothing is to catch on fire. Practice the stop, drop, and roll technique, stressing the importance of remaining calm to put out the fire as quickly as possible.
  • It should go without saying, but young children should never be left alone or unsupervised for any reason. This is when they become most curious and fire is something that definitely evokes their curiosity. It takes but a minute for disaster to strike.
  • Keep an eye out for signs of fire play. Look under their bed and behind furniture for burned matches.

Take your child to a fire safety demonstration where they show how quickly a fire can burn out of control, especially through “fire play.”