According to SafeKids.org, 334 children were tragically killed in house fires in 2013. While we don’t often think of it, teaching your children about fire safety may make a difference if your family is ever faced with a fire in your home.
Children are naturally scared when faced with disasters, and it is essential that they know what to do in case this situation ever occurs. Begin by educating them about fire alarms and smoke detectors, and show them where they are in your home. Your children may learn about fire safety in school, but preparing them at home is equally important.
Introduce Kids To Fire Safety
It can be difficult for children to understand the danger of a fire. In many cases, a child’s first instinct when faced with a fire is to attempt to hide—a natural reaction when kids are afraid of something. It is critical to teach them to immediately leave the home in the event of a fire.
Demonstrate How To Escape A Fire Using an Escape Route
It is a good idea to teach your children two different ways to escape from their room and to get out as soon as possible. Teach your children how to unlock their windows and how to open them. Place escape ladders and ropes near high windows and balconies. Teach your children how to use them in case they should ever need it.
Navigating Your Home During a Fire
Your children need to know that the smoke from a fire makes a house very dark, so they won’t be able to see in the event of a fire. Prepare them by teaching them how to navigate their house from memory.
It is important for your child to know what to do as soon as an emergency strikes. Try changing the lyrics of a nursery rhyme to help them remember what to do should an emergency strike.
Teach Them About Fire Alarms
Some children may not understand the purpose or importance of a fire alarm does. Explain that a fire alarm signals when there is a fire and that it’s important to respond immediately. You may want to enlist their “help” when changing the batteries and use that time to review safety information and procedures.
Touch Doors First to See If They Are Hot
Teach your children to start by feeling their door to determine if a fire is close. If the door is hot, they may need to use their safety ladder to go out their window. Be sure to tell them NOT to touch the door handle because the metal, if hot, could burn them.
Stop, Drop, And Roll
When talking to your children about fire safety, it is essential to teach them the ever popular tip of “stop, drop, and roll”—to fight the instinct to run if ever their clothes catch on fire.
Practice And Review
While your children are young, make sure to review fire safety every month. Have them recite your plan of action in case an emergency occurs. Ensure that they immediately go outside and meet you at your planned meeting spot. Teach them to never go back into the house, even if you are not outside yet.
Your children will be safer if they are educated about fire safety. Develop an evacuation plan and teach your children how to react. Conduct fire drills in your own home to make sure they know exactly what to do. This could save their life one day.