Fires are an unfortunate occurrence that happens in many homes every day. In the United States, a fire occurs every 90 seconds. This results in thousands of destroyed homes, as well as serious injuries and even death every year. In the United States, 4,000 people die each year from fires, many of which could have been prevented. This is why it is important for parents to teach their children about fire safety. Not only will it help them stay calm and safe in the event of a fire, but will also help them learn how to prevent fires from happening.
By teaching children fire prevention and safety, parents can ensure that if a fire occurs, their children will know what to do. Knowing what to do during a fire can help save lives, as well as prevent injury. Parents should talk to their children and come up with a fire escape plan in case a fire occurs in their home. Having a plan is important to help keep family members rational and calm during a fire, which will allow them to escape the home unharmed. Planning an escape plan and even practicing it can help prevent further tragedy when there is a fire.
Although having a plan is important, parents should also talk to their children about what to do if the plan cannot be enacted. If their planned escape route is blocked by fire, children should know what to do so they can think rationally to escape the house. Warning about feeling doorknobs, staying low to the ground to avoid smoke and even having fire ladders to use from an upstairs bedroom should be discussed with children so they will know what to do. Fire spreads quickly so it is important to be able to know what to do when faced with a problem during a fire. Thinking quickly is necessary, so knowing what to look for and what to avoid is crucial for a child to stay safe during a fire.
In addition to knowing about how to escape during a fire, it is equally important for parents to teach their children how to prevent fires, as well as keeping their own home safe from fire hazards. Lighters and matches should be kept out of the reach of children at all times. Children should not be allowed to use the stove without parental supervision. Candles should never be left lit where they can be knocked over and should be monitored while burning. Not smoking in the home can help prevent fires. Smoke detectors should be installed within the home with working batteries and tests should be performed routinely to ensure that they work. Parents can pass these safety tips on to their children so that they know it is important to never play with fire, as well as taking the safety precautions to prevent them. Prevention is key when talking about fire safety.
Fires can be extremely dangerous, as well as a scary situation for anyone who is involved in one. By talking with their children about how to prevent fires and how to react when a fire occurs, they can help prevent more fires from being started, keeping their kids safe from harm.
About the Author: Felicia is a writer/blogger who focuses on family safety and security.