Children’s Fire Safety Awareness
Practice What’s going on everyone! As you may or may not have heard, FireAlarm.com has recently launched our Fire Prevention & Awareness Program FOR KIDS! Now, FireAlarm.com aims to be the #1 choice for parents and kids in understanding and dealing with fire, emergencies and fire safety. Check out our introduction video RIGHT HERE!
For now, here’s some quick tips on what to do in case of a fire, a Fire Safety Checklist, an Escape Plan Checklist, and some Electrical Fire Safety tips! If you’re a parent, you should fill these Checklists out with your kids! A download for these checklists is available RIGHT HERE!
Fire Safety Checklist
What are Your Home Fire Safety Risks?
☐ ☐ Do you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home?
☐ ☐ Do you stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food?
☐ ☐ Are space heaters placed at least 3 feet or more away from things that can burn?
☐ ☐ Are all electrical cords in good condition (not damaged or cracked)?
☐ ☐ Do you know two ways out of every room in your home?
☐ ☐ Do you know what to do if your smoke alarm sounds?
If you checked NO to any of these questions, you are at a greater risk for being injured in a home fire. The following pages provide information to help you understand and correct your home fire hazards.
What to Do in Case of Fire
Practice how to get to your outside meeting place quickly. In a fire, you may have only seconds to escape safely after you hear a smoke alarm. Stay calm when the smoke alarm sounds. Get out fast and stay out. Never go back inside for people, pets, or things. Feel the doorknob and the cracks around a door before opening. Leave the door closed, and use your second way out if you feel any heat.
Plan Your Escape
Planning what to do in case of fi re can make the difference between life and death.
☐ Know and practice two ways out of every room in your home.
☐ Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
☐ Clear all clutter that may block your escape route or make you trip or fall.
☐ Install working smoke alarms on every level of your home. This includes the basement and inside and outside of sleeping areas.
☐ Test each alarm monthly using the test button.
☐ Dust or vacuum smoke alarms annually and/or whenever the battery is changed.
☐ Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years or sooner if it does not respond properly when tested.
☐ People who cannot hear the smoke alarm while they sleep need special smoke alarms. These alarms flash a bright light or shake their beds to let them know there is a fire. Install these alarms if you or a family member cannot hear well.
☐ Do not put smoke alarms too close to the kitchen or bathroom. Steam from the shower or smoke from cooking can set off the alarm.
☐ Interconnected smoke alarms are best because if one sounds, they all sound.
Electrical Fire Safety
Follow these electrical safety tips to help keep your home fire-safe.
- Always plug major appliances, like refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, directly into a wall outlet.
- Never use an extension cord with a major appliance — it can easily overheat and start a fire.
- Always plug small appliances directly into a wall outlet.
- Unplug small appliances when you are not using them.
- Keep lamps, light fixtures and light bulbs away from anything that can burn.
- Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture.
- Check electrical cords on appliances often. Replace cracked, damaged and loose electrical cords. Do not try to repair them.
- Do not overload wall outlets.
- Insert plugs fully into sockets.
- Never force a three-prong cord into a two-slot outlet.
- Install tamper-resistant electrical outlets if you have young children.
Extension Cords, Power Strips and Surge Protectors
- Replace worn, old or damaged extension cords right away.
- Use extension cords for temporary purposes only.
- Avoid putting cords where they can be damaged or pinched, like under a carpet or rug.
- Do not overload power strips.
- Use power strips that have internal overload protection
Make sure all electrical work in your home is done by a qualified electrician!
That’s all we have for you for now! Keep it locked to FireAlarm.com’s social media pages, our YouTube channel, this blog, and more importantly, our website, to get all of the latest fire prevention & awareness content FOR KIDS!
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