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Fire Safety for Children

Ensuring fire safety for children is a crucial aspect that must never be ignored. Inquisitive and innocent-minded, children sometimes fail to grasp the potential hazards that fire can pose.

Ensuring fire safety for children is a crucial aspect that must never be ignored. Inquisitive and innocent-minded, children sometimes fail to grasp the potential hazards that fire can pose. Therefore, parents, guardians and instructors have an important role to play in educating children about the dangers of fire and how to be safe in case of an emergency. It is vital to familiarize children with fire prevention techniques, including the first steps to take in the event of a sudden outbreak of fire and how to stay safe from smoke inhalation. Homes must be equipped with smoke detectors, fire alarms and a well-rehearsed fire safety plan, all of which can greatly contribute to averting any potential hazards. Parents can also adopt measures such as keeping dangerous items such as matches and lighters out of reach of children. By inculcating in children the importance of fire safety, we can guarantee a much safer and secure environment for them to flourish in.

Fire Safety for Children

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Messages to share with kids

    • Fires burn fast and hot, and smoke can make a room very dark.
    • You should know 2 ways out of every room and 2 ways out of your house.
    • Before you open a door, feel it. If it is hot, use your other exit.
    • Stay low and get to your exit if you smell or see smoke or if your smoke alarm sounds.
    • Stay outside. Don’t go back inside for anything.
    • Never touch matches, lighters, or candles. If you find matches or lighters, tell an adult.
    • If you get burned, put the burn under cool water for 3 to 5 minutes. Tell an adult right away about your burn.
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It is important to have a plan when there are children in your home. Children sometimes need help getting out of the house. They may not know how to escape or what to do unless an adult shows them.

    • Have a plan for young children who cannot get outside by themselves. You will need to wake babies and very young children and help them get out. In your plan, talk about who will help each child get out safely.
    • It is important to find 2 ways out of every room in your home in case the first exit is blocked or dangerous to use.
    • Choose a meeting place outside your home. Children should know what to do when they hear a smoke alarm and there is no adult around. Help them practice going to the outside meeting place. Teach them to never go back inside a building that is on fire.

Keep children safe from fire and burns

Some children are curious about fire. There are simple steps you can take to keep you and the people you love safer from fire and burns.

    • Keep children 3 feet away from anything that can get hot. Space heaters and stovetops can cause terrible burns.
    • Keep children at least 3 feet away from stoves, heaters, or anything that gets hot.
    • Keep smoking materials locked up in a high place. Never leave cigarette lighters or matches where children can reach them.
    • Never play with lighters or matches when you are with your children. Children may try to do the same things they see you do.
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