Fire Safety Reminders
October marks Fire Prevention Month. This year, the National Fire Protection Association’s theme is preventing home fires. Here’s a handy list your kids can use to make sure the entire family is doing their part.
Safety in the kitchen
- Remind grown-ups to stay in the kitchen when cooking. Keep things that can burn (potholders, towels, and paper) away from the stove.
- Stay three feet away from the stove when a grown-up is cooking.
- Help grown-ups check electrical cords to make sure they are not damaged.
Match and lighter safety
- Remind grown-ups to keep space heaters 3 feet from anything that can burn.
- Grown-ups should always turn off space heaters every time they leave the room and before going to bed.
- Remind grown-ups never to use an oven to heat your home.
- Tell a grown-up if you find matches or lighters.
- Grown-ups should keep matches and lighters in a locked cabinet.
Safety smart grown-up reminders
- Remind grown-ups to put out lit candles when they leave a room.
- Stay 3 feet away from burning candles.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area.
- Test smoke alarms once a month.
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
- Make a home fire escape plan with your family.
- Find two ways out of every room and an outside meeting place.
- Know the emergency number for your fire department.
- Practice your escape plan twice a year.
- When the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out!