October is Fire Safety month and I thought it would be a good idea to go over a few fire safety tips that the whole family would be able to practice. I spend a whole month on fire safety with my students and they are well versed in fire safety when the month is up. My students even impress the Paramus Fire Department when they visit with Sparky the Dog! In the meantime, here are a few lessons I go over with the kids:
- Smoke Alarms: Make sure that there is at least 1 working smoke alarm per floor of your house. Be sure to replace the batteries as needed. A good rule of thumb: when you change the clocks, change the batteries of your alarm. It always helps me to remember.
- Two Ways Out: In every room, make sure you plan two escape routes in the event of a fire. This could be a door and a window, two doors, two windows, etc. If you are blocked by fire or smoke you should use your second way out. You might need to use a fire ladder if you need to escape from a second story. If so, practice using it.
- Meeting place: After you and your family discuss your two ways out of the house, it is important to next choose a family meeting place outside your house. This place should be where everyone will meet once they have escaped. Make sure it is far enough from the house and out of the way from emergency vehicles. A tree, light pole, or a friendly neighbor’s house is always a good choice.
- Practice Makes Perfect: As in any type of drill, PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. Also, be sure to emphasize to your child to never be afraid of the firefighters. They are there to help and they are never to hide from them. No matter how scared they may be.
Be sure to check What’s on Our Bookshelf for great books to read to your child about fire safety!