Fire seems to be the most unlikely accident that can occur at home. Think again, a lot of the news we hear everyday is about something in the house getting caught on fire and sadly, there are even children casualties. Thus, it is important that kids learn to follow rules within the house in case a fire occurs. It’s more like letting them know the harm both smoke and fire can do and getting prepared for an escape route.
1. Educate kids about fire. Kids, curious as they are will not heed your advice when you tell them not to play with fire. Let them know that fire is a tool in the hands of adults, for cooking and such, it is needed. However, it can be dangerous when handled by kids. Show pictures or let them watch a clip (not the bloody, gory ones) of a fire ablaze with people and animals getting hurt. That way, they will realize the gravity of how one should be responsible with fire.
2. Make sure the kids know that firefighters are friends. In school and at home, we make sure they know by memory the emergency phone numbers: the police, the ambulance and the firefighters. Have those numbers saved on your mobile phone and have them printed in big, bold letters by the landline phone as well. They should know that these individuals are important in keeping everyone safe when there’s fire and they can call them too if such happens.
3. There are also fire drills and information seminars that you can attend with the kids. Their school surely has those drills and most of the time, parents are informed when will such happen. Make sure that your kids are not absent on those scheduled drills. Tell them to not panic and cooperate well, do what the teacher or perhaps firefighters/exponents say. It would also be fun if they are able to visit a firefighter station.
4. Teach the kids about hazards at home like plugging of gadgets, overloading electrical outlets and such. Make them do routinely the unplugging of gadgets when not in use.
3. Install smoke detectors at home, most especially in the kitchen. Also have a ready fire extinguisher, you can look for fire extinguishers from fire protection online and have it where it can easily be reached. Fire extinguishers can be heavy so they may not be appropriate for kids but do explain what a fire extinguisher is for and what it can do.
4. Keep fire starters (matches, lighters) away from children. Prevention is still always a top priority. If like me, you enjoy the scent of candles, make sure that they are far from children’s reach and that they are always blown off when you leave the house.
5. Store a fire blanket at every room of the house. A fire blanket cuts off the oxygen supply to a fire, thus stopping it. It is crucial to have them as they can also protect kids from the heat.
6. Plan an escape route. It’s always a beneficial move. Try doing drills at home. Make sure they know Stop, drop and roll – the simple fire safety technique when they caught fire on cloth. That’s to simply be still, lie on the ground and roll to extinguish oxygen thereby putting out fire. It also keeps one calm. Keep these tips in mind and in case, hopefully not, a fire happens; your kids will know what to do.