Its Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12 and as luck would have it my daughter was invited to a birthday party at the firehouse this past weekend, so I got a chance to learn about the importance of fire safety and prevention.
Here are 10 Fire Safety Tips That Could Save Your Life
- TEACH the kids the importance of fire safety, according to USFA children make up 15% to 20% of all fire deaths
- CREATE an escape plan in case of fire and make sure everyone is fully aware of what the plan is. If possible do a trial run every couple of months. While 71% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47% of those have practiced it – Source: NFPA
- SELECT a designated meeting place outside of the house in case there is a fire, preferable a few feet away from the house – maybe by the tree, at the end of the driveway, at the mailbox, or even the neighbors house
- INSTALL smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement
- KEEP the door closed while sleeping, by closing your bedroom door it keeps the smoke out if there is a fire
- TOUR your local firehouse with the kids and let them meet a fireman up-close preferably while in full gear – face mask and all. Explain to the kids that a fireman might come into the house to help while in full gear and its okay, they shouldn’t be sacred, run or hide he or she is there to help
- BE ALERT especially when cooking, it might seem obvious but accordingly to the National Fire Protection Association, the leading cause of home fires is unattended cooking
- KID-FREE ZONE – Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried
- GET OUT AND STAY OUT – If the smoke alarm goes off, get out of the house as quickly as possible and don’t ever go back
- SCHEDULE a free safety assessment visit by calling your local fire department
U.S. Fire Administration public service announcement
How can you help?
- Share these fire safety tips with friends, family and neighbors
- Watch and share the video above
- Join the “Fire Is Everyone’s Fight” campaign
*“Fire is Everyone’s Fight” is a new national fire safety initiative that is bringing everyone together, to prevent home fires.
Do you have any additional fire safety tips?
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