Posted on: 28 June 2018
Your entire family has an important role to play when it comes to fire safety within the home. Does everyone in your family know what their role is? Here, you'll find a few tips that can help keep your family safe from fire in the home.
What Kids Need to Know
Have you discussed fire safety with your kids? If not, now's the time to have the talk. What do your kids need to know?
What sound do the fire alarms in the home make? Many kids have never heard the sound of the alarm, so if it was to sound, they wouldn't know that it means to get out of the house now. Press the test button to show the kids what the alarm sounds like.
Do the kids know how to call for help? Kids these days know how to do just about anything on a cell phone, but do your kids know how to call for help if the house was to catch on fire? Make sure that your kids know how to use the phone and know to call 911 in the event of an emergency. Just be sure that the kids understand that this service is for true emergencies – not to be called for any reason other than true emergencies.
Do the kids know your address? If your kids call 911, one of the first things that the operator will ask is the address of the home. Be sure that your kids know what your address is.
Do you have an evacuation plan? Your family should know all of the exits from the home, and you should agree on a single meeting place. This way, as the family makes their way out of the fire, they know exactly where to go so that you can see who is accounted for.
Do the kids know how to use fire extinguishers? In most cases, it's best for the kids to just get out of the house as quickly as possible and not try fighting any fire. Older teenagers may be able to handle the situation, but make sure that they know how to operate a fire extinguisher.
Your Role as a Parent
Now, your role as a parent is to make sure that your kids know all of the above. You also need to avoid over-cluttering the home, leaving the stove unattended, using open flame candles, and leaving the curtain on the fireplace open. Make sure that the alarms have good batteries, that the fire extinguishers are all in good working order, and that everyone has a way out.
Talk with your local fire experts to find out more about fire extinguisher purchasing and use. They will help you find out all that you need to know to keep your family safe from fire.
To learn more, reach out to a company like Fire Foe Corp.Share