Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bison's Fire Safety Tips For Kids

One of the easiest ways to make sure your kids stay “fire safe” is to print a list of reminders and make sure that it is somewhere visible, such as the fridge or corkboard in a high-traffic area of your home.

Below are 10 fire safety tips to share with your kids:

1. Don’t play with fire

Don’t play with lighters and matches, and if you see them in an area where you can reach them (like on the coffee table or on the ground while camping or at the park) don’t pick them up. Find an adult and tell them immediately.

2. Know where smoke detectors are

Smoke detectors should be installed on every floor and in the bedrooms and sleeping areas of your home or cabin. Smoke detectors can save lives, so it’s important to know where they are.

3. Remind the adults to test the detectors

Smoke detectors should be tested once a month, so remind your parents or guardians to test the smoke detectors regularly so your family can stay safe.

4. Change your smoke alarm batteries at Daylight Savings Time

One of the easiest ways to remember to change smoke alarm batteries is to do it at the same time as when the clocks “spring forward” or “fall backwards” each year.

5. Remember to Fall and Crawl

It’s easier to breathe closer to the ground when a room is smoky, so crawl to a doorway instead of walking. If you come to a closed door touch it with the back of your hand to see if it’s hot. If it feels hot try to find another way out of the room.

6. Stop, Drop and Roll

If your clothes are on fire stop, drop and roll until the fire is out and call for help from an adult. Don’t run while your clothes are on fire as it will make the fire worse.

7. Don’t hide, go outside!

If you hear your smoke alarm, smell smoke, or see a fire, don’t hide under your bed or in a closet. Go outside as quickly as you can and look for your parents.

8. Know your family’s escape plan

Ask your parents to plan an escape route out of the house and practice it with your family. Make sure that there are two ways to get out of every room and ask an adult to draw you a map.

9. Know where your meeting place is

Your family should have a meeting spot, such as by a tree in the yard or at the end of the driveway, to meet in case of a fire in the house. Never go back inside for any reason.

10. Know who to call

Make sure that stickers with 9-1-1 are clearly visible near the phone and on the refrigerator and you know which family member is in charge of calling the firefighters during an emergency. 

Helping kids understand the importance of fire safety is critical to their health and well-being, so make sure to take the time to explain it to them in detail and to keep this list of reminders somewhere where they can see it.

For more information about fire safety and how to keep your family and loved ones safe, contact us or give us a call at (204) 237-3473.

Posted by Rob Read at 8:06 AM


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