By: Kelly Mott, Mott Interior Solutions
October 9th – 15th was National Fire Prevention Week and with the Holiday Season quickly approaching, October is the perfect time to talk about Fire Safety and Prevention. Most likely your kids were reminded about fire safety in school during this week, maybe they even brought you a message home to check your fire alarms and told you what to do in case of a fire. If so, think about it again. Did you actually change the batteries in your fire alarm? Did you make an escape plan together?
It’s not too late!
Take time now to think about Fire Safety for your family. Visit the National Fire Prevention Association website for ideas on how to incorporate Fire Safety in your family routines.
Here are a few ways to get started.
Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors each month.
It’s a good idea to allow the kids to hear the alarm so they know what it sounds like. Make this a family responsibility. You can use this monthly tear off checklist with your family as a fun way to keep track of this task.
Be cautious when using the fireplace, candles, matches & lighters, outdoor fire pits, grills, old or worn out extension cords, irons, space heaters, ovens, deep fryers, stoves and lighting pilots. Teach children to stay away from things that are hot or that can start fires.
Purchase a fire extinguisher for your kitchen and read the label to know how it should be used.
Inspect every room in your home for potential hazards and make a check list of what needs to be done. Have an exit plan from each room. You can also do fire drills with your family to make sure everyone knows what to do in case of a fire.
Remember that clutter and excessive papers and boxes are a fire hazard. Keep clutter to a minimum and make sure that there is a clear path in every room.
Print out this Family checklist on Fire Safety for Parents and Children.
If you have elderly neighbors or family members make sure electric and gas heaters are working properly and are not located near long curtains or near piles of papers.
Don’t assume that kids already know. Fire Safety and anything that could save a life is worth repeating!
Make this a fun lesson for everyone in the family – maybe even roast some marshmallows or make S’mores when you’re done!
Yum S’mores, now that’s an idea,