“Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!”By Child Safety Specialist Oct 6, 2010 | 10:40:00 amPosted in: Fire Prevention
“Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” is the National Fire Prevention Association’s official theme for Fire Prevention Week (October 3rd – 9th) this year. While many of us know to replace the batteries in our smoke alarm twice a year, did you know that smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years? And you may have an idea what you would do in a fire, but do you actually practice your escape plan with your family?
Take a few moments to have a family meeting and discuss what you would do in the event of a fire. This includes reminding your kids:
• Even though they may be scared, never hide. Get out of the house as fast as possible and don’t go back for any belongings.
• Feel a door with the back of their hand rather than their palm for heat. If it is hot, there may be fire on the other side so look for an alternative way out.
• Stay low to the ground.
• Follow the escape plan.
• Stop, Drop, and Roll. If their clothing catches fire, they should remember to stop where they are and drop to the ground. They should cover their face and mouth with their hands, and roll over and over until the flames are out.
Also, some of these safety tips might seem obvious, but kids forget them. As young as two year’s old, starting teaching your kids about fire safety.
• Do NOT play with matches, lighters or candles.
• Do NOT play with electrical cords. This means not plugging anything in unless a parent is present and especially not sticking anything in them.
• Do NOT cook anything unless a grown-up is present.
• Do NOT put anything over a lamp as the article can catch fire.
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