Fire Prevention month, is to make the public more aware of how fires start, how to prevent them and how to be protected during them. However, fire prevention has gone beyond not playing with matches. Today, children and adults can educate themselves about the dangers associated not only with fires, but with natural disasters and household hazards as well.
What You Can Do at Home
Teaching fire prevention should not be limited to fairs or schools — it is also something that should take a high priority at home. Some ways to teach fire safety at home include:
- Fire safety puzzles and games
- Creating and executing a fire escape route
- Having periodic, unexpected fire drills
- Locating all of your home’s fire extinguishers
- Purchasing a fireproof safe
- Putting together an emergency supply kit including food, clothing, water and safety supplies
- Knowing how to use all of your appliances, including the heater, air conditioner and hot water tank
- Knowing how to store unused matches and lighters
Here’s some helpful tips to get you ready in case of a fire were to occur in your home or business.
- Smoke Alarms up to date, and batteries are checked every month. Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!
- ESCAPE PLAN! More than 4,000 people die each year in the U.S. as a result of fires. Tens of thousands more are injured. Thousands more lose pets, keepsakes and suffer trauma that haunts them for the rest of their lives. Make sure to have that escape plan ready at all times, and practice it as many times until you have it down.
- Look out for what can cause a fire! Cooking, Candles, Heating, Smoking, Electrical, Space Heaters, Portable fireplaces, Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, Lights, Batteries, and CELL PHONES!
- Do Not Sleep with electronics!!! Most sleep with their cell phones, and most put them under their pillows, which doesn’t allow the phone to breathe, and in some cases may cause the phone to overheat, and cause a fire.
Just remember to take the time to talk to your family about an escape plan, make it fun! It can be an activity you do as a family, and ask the kids to draw a map of their idea of an escape plan. It will become a nice activity for you all to do and that way everyone is involved. As the parents, make sure this is a priority if you don’t have one set already. It’s now that you get one in place for October’s Fire Prevention Month.
Be Fire Safe. Stay Safe.
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