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There is never a wrong time to talk about fire safety with your kids. October traditionally gets a lot of press and awareness around this important topic because it is National Fire Prevention Month.
So here’s the thing about Fire Prevention Safety: While it is entirely critical to educate the public (not just kids!) about fire safety, it is even more important to make sure that you take the discussion and turn it into an actionable plan. Personalize the details to your family’s unique situation – housing, property layout, bedroom locations, etc.
Fire Safety Tips from a Firefighter
Many of you know that Bob is a volunteer firefighter. In fact, he has been a volunteer firefighter for more than half of his life – just about 25 years at this point. We are used to him rushing out of the house at all hours of the day and night for fire calls and it does give us a constant reminder to discuss fire safety with our kids.
Here are his top suggestions for keeping your family safe in the event of an emergency:
- Smoke alarms: Have them. Put one on every level of your home (including the basement!). Check the batteries a couple times a year. Consider hiring an electrician to hard wire your smoke alarms together. This is beneficial if a fire occurs on one level of your home (for example, the basement) but you sleep on the 2nd floor of the house. When one alarm goes off, they all go off. When every second counts, this will buy you some time.
- Have a plan: Discuss your emergency plan as a family. If there is a fire, what exits are available? Where will you all meet outside? Pick a spot that will get everyone a safe distance away from the house.
- Practice the plan: Hold a mock fire drill in your house from time to time, the same way your child’s school does. Practice exiting through different doors or maybe even windows, if safe and feasible.
- Make sure your kids will wake up: If you saw my IG Story from a few months ago, you might remember the night when our smoke alarms went off and my kids NEVER woke up. It was terrifying but also such an eye-opener. Bob and I woke up immediately to the noise, but the kids never even stirred. We have that memory seared into our minds and know that in the event of a real fire, we must be extra diligent to get them up and moving.
Keep the conversation going about fire safety throughout the year. Discussion is truly key when it comes to making everyone more aware.
Kidde Fire Safety Products and Kidde Fire Safety Systems offer some amazing tools
I know that Bob feels strongly that Kidde Fire Safety products are very reliable. All of our smoke alarms and in-home fire extinguishers are Kidde brand. Did you know that Kidde is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of fire safety products? They have been in business for more than 100 years and their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms alert people to dangers to give them time to evacuate.
October is a great month to take a minute to look over your own home and test batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Think about whether or not you need to add new alarms to your home, new fire extinguishers, etc. Check out Kidde’s website and their line of fire safety products and equipment.
Free Printable Family Fire Safety Plan
Of course, in addition to an open and ongoing discussion with your kids, writing details about your plan can be helpful as well. You can work on this printable plan with your kids and help to guide the discussion. The completed plan can be displayed in a common space in your home – and it’s always a great idea to point out things like this to babysitters when they arrive!
Get it here: Printable Family Fire Safety Plan (Note: this printable is for personal use only.)