Fires can happen in moments and without warning. They can occur in situations when children are not around adults who can tell them what to do. Because of this, every kid needs to know some basic fire safety. Yet sometimes parents and teachers aren’t sure what to teach their kids. Here’s a closer look at what your child needs to know.
The most important thing to teach children is an escape route. Children need to know how to get out of their house and to a safe place. Children also need to know more than one escape route in case their first-choice route is blocked. This also needs to include a plan for getting out of a second floor or basement when stairs are not accessible. Children should practice using escape ladders or egress windows so they know what to do in an emergency.
Next, make sure that the windows in all rooms open and that your child knows how to open them. If you have security bars on the windows, make sure those can open as well. In many fires, children need to escape through a window.
One often overlooked aspect of a house fire is the fact that the home may be too dark or too smoky to see well. Children need to learn how to feel their way out of the home using walls and doorways. Playing this with a blindfold can help make it fun while also teaching this critical skill.
If the smoke detector goes off, would your child recognize the sound? Children need to be introduced to the smoke detector’s sound and know what to do if they hear it. Adults need to ensure the batteries are always fresh so false alarms don’t happen.
Once out of a burning building or house, children must know to never venture back in. Even if a pet or family member is missing, the child needs to stay out. Tell the child to alert a firefighter or other adult to the problem, but to never re-enter the building once out. Out means “stay out!”
If a door is closed, and for fire safety reasons you should sleep with bedroom doors closed, children need to learn to touch the door to check for heat before opening it. If the door is hot, it means there is fire right outside, and they need to find another way out.
In the event of a fire, children should know to use a towel or blanket to cover their faces and mouths. This helps prevent problems from smoke inhalation. Consider keeping a towel in the bedroom to make this accessible.
Stop, drop, and roll is not something new, but make sure the children in your life know this safety tip. If their clothes catch fire, they need to stop what they are doing, drop to the ground, and roll around to put out the flames. Practice this skill until it becomes second nature.
Fire safety is critical to everyone, but children are often overlooked when teaching about it. In addition to teaching your kids these important safety tips, make sure you have a fire extinguisher that is in good working order in your Houston home or school.
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