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.
That’s good for the children, for his very young age he know the use of fire extinguishers.
But the question is, can he carry the tank? It’s quite heavy, unless something or someone is helping him carry it.
What a sensible post… Ive learned a lot.
Based on your comment or reaction, for sure you do!.
My kids always have firefighters visiting and educating them so I know my kids are aware of the fire danger. I need to do this no.2 tip of yours when we move to our new house next month.
awww…your son is a cutie Sis 🙂 It is helpful to teach our kids sooner before the fire will occur. They have to learn to help themselves get out and not getting hurt. My kids learn this at school but we also practice it at home for safety.
Immediate action and reaction in case of fire is a good thing to teach our kids. Fire safety drills surely helps a lot.
my little girl learned about fire safety at school….I didn’t think about teaching her about it….ayay! great information
my little kiddo is still too little to probably understand the concept of fire safety but will sure teach her when she gets older.
this is absolutely relevant because fire is dangerous!once it has been done, it can’t be whole, so it is better to be safe than sorry.
it is a must for the children to learn about the fire and safety because it’s for their own good. fire are dangerous and they need to be aware of the consequences when they happened to be in such situation.
And first aid sort of thing must be advised to them as well. This can help prevent or avoid serve damage or fatalities to those exposed in fire.
This is essential to kids early learning regarding fire safety
Yes indeed. They can also know or be informed of the dos and donts for fire safety and precaution.
Thanks for sharing! This is a very informative post and will be teaching this to my kids 🙂
Go for it Mommy Pehpot. Inform and educated your kids about it!
bookmarked. we live in a condo so it’s really important that we should be prepared in case of fire. and earthquakes also. will let my son read this too 🙂
Much better if you can print this out and post it somewhere at your walls. Right?
Teaching our kids safety precautions is a must. They need to learn it at a young age and constant repetition is also enforced as they easily forget as they are learning other things as well.
Agree with the repetition thing. It will help them to memorize more the steps and information about it.
this is surely one thing every parent should teach their kids.. specially kids who’s a little big enough to understand…
thanks for sharing 🙂
Letting them know about a thing or two about fire safety might save lives. Who knows!
This is really mandatory to teach kids whats what and not to for their safety reason! Great info!
Agree with you Shela. Information is power.!
It’s good that fire safety is also taught in school. At least kids would know how to handle emergency situation even if we are not around.
I think it’s already a mandatory thing to teach. Fire drills and such are now practiced at schools.
Yes it is true indeed kids should know what is the purpose of fire extinguisher…
Yes they should. But I think they can’t even carry a tank of it. It is quite heavy!
Very good tips sis… Dindin has learned about firefighters in her videos. But yeah, it would be good to teach her about the fire drill.
Fire drill first before fire fighting. It is much better for the kids.
what a very sensible post sis, really nice, i teach my daughter on simple fire safety but i guess, she’s not that old enough to understand all.
Show her photos or something in graphical presentation. She might understand it.
Sometimes I really show photos to my kids on what are the effects if they don’t follow my instructions. I haven’t done it with fire, though.
Great technique. Photo says a lot of things. They tend to recognize it more than verbal word of caution.
Every home has to have a fire extinguisher.
Like what the authorities said, prevention is better than cure. Great to teach them the proper usage of materials that can start a fire or something like that.