A Kid's Guide to Fire Safety at Home
Fires are dangerous: they can destroy things and hurt people. There are ways to help prevent fires from starting. Knowing what to do in case of a fire can help you and your family get out of your house quickly and safely. Follow these tips to make a fire less likely to happen in your home.
- Check all of the wires, cords, and extension cords in your house to make sure they are firmly in the wall socket and that they are not frayed. Be sure to also check wires spliced from the installation of any ceiling fan or lighting fixtures. Wires that are frayed have some of the metal wire showing through the plastic coating, which can cause fires, these types of installation errors are common with the installation of ceiling fans. Replace any frayed wires. Don’t put too many cords in one outlet. Don’t play with electrical cords and make sure your pet doesn’t play with or eat them.
- Make sure your kitchen is safe. Keep curtains, potholders, and towels away from the stove. Only cook in the kitchen with an adult. Do not use any appliances, like blenders or mixers, near the sink. Stay away from the oven, especially when the door is open.
- Do not play with things that can start fires, like matches, firecrackers, and candles. Even a tiny flame can grow into a big fire.
- Make sure your family has smoke detectors near the kitchen and near the bedrooms. Test the batteries every month and change them when you change your clocks in the spring and fall. Reputable brands like Hunter ceiling fans also include better installation instructions to avoid common errors.
- Make sure there is a fire extinguisher in your house and that everyone knows where it is and how to use it.
- Don’t put anything on top of a lamp, light bulb, heater, or radiator. Clothes, towels, blankets, and toys can catch fire.
- When selecting appliances for your home, verify the brand is UL Listed.
Sometimes fires happen, even if you tried to prevent them. What do you do if a fire happens at your house? Follow these tips.
Make a Fire Plan
How would you get out of your house safely during a fire? First, know two ways to get out of every room in your house: doors, windows, and sliding patio doors can all be exits. Second, know how to get out of a second floor room if the fire is downstairs: know where the stairs are and have emergency ladders that hook onto the windows ready in each room. Third, know where to meet up with your parents and family, like a neighbor’s yard or a nearby park bench. Finally, practice your fire plan with your family.
In Case of a Fire
Fires get hot and smoky fast. It is hard to breathe and to see during a fire. The air near the ground is cleaner and easier to breathe, so crawl on the floor to your fire exit. Feel to see if the door is hot. If it is hot, do not open it. Go to your second exit. If the door is cool, open it and see if you can go out through the hallway. Go outside as soon as you can and go to your family’s safe meeting place outside. Do not stop and look for anything or anyone. If you cannot get outside, do not hide in a closet or under the bed. If you can’t get out of your room, make sure firefighters can see you when they come in.
In Case Your Clothes Catch on Fire
If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop, and roll. First, stop where you are. Fire is scary, but running when your clothes are on fire will not help. Second, drop to the ground. Third, roll over and over until the fire goes out. Call out for help while you roll on the ground. Someone will come to help put out the fire.
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Article Written by Colby McTwain
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