Did you know that October 9-16 is Fire Safety Week? I find that it’s important to keep our kids aware preventative measures whether we contemplate accidents or not. After all, no one is truly ready for accidents. That’s why it’s so important to be armed with the best information possible in case of an emergency. Let’s prepare our families for fire safety.
Here’s a support video to get ideas rolling for how you can teach fire safety.
Make sure your smoke alarms are working.
If you don’t have them installed, go ahead and take care of that. When we first moved into our home we made sure to install a few extras than our house came with. Now we have one near the kitchen that, although a nuisance when burning food (and yes, I’ve burned food a few times!), is extremely helpful if you’re prone to leaving food cooking on the stove top while you go upstairs to shower.
So #1, make sure you have smoke alarms installed, and #2, make sure they’re all working properly. Check those batteries periodically, and if your alarms are older than 10 years, replace them. Ten-year batteries are helpful.
Know your escape routes.
Whether you’re living in a house or apartment, be aware of escape routes for your building. For apartment dwellers, pull the red alarm if it hasn’t been sounded. Make sure you’ve practiced your escape routes with your children, being aware of your home’s floor plan. I remember fire drills when I was in school as a child. Sometimes I have to remind myself how important it is to continue keeping those drills in mind for our homeschool so that we are still practicing fire safety.
Plan escape strategies
Remember stop, drop, and roll? Remind our kids to keep low so they don’t inhale smoke (and you can also let this exercise be a part of your drill).
Also, know who is going to do what can be helpful in a time of emergency. Grab the kids, someone else grabs the dog, etc.
Again, these plans are not meant to be depressing but just a means of safety and prevention. There are sites like Kids Health and Fire Safety for Kids that not only explains in detail about fire prevention, but offers fun games to make learning about fire prevention safety fun.
Thanks to ConsumerSafety.org, printables such as the one they are offering my readers help make learning about fire safety a non-threatening activity.
Download the free printable and take some time this week to allow your children to think about what it means to keep safe in case of fire emergencies..