Make an Escape Plan
It is important to have a plan when there are children in your home. Children sometimes need help getting out of the house. They may not know how to escape or what to do unless an adult shows them.
- Have a plan for young children who cannot get outside by themselves. You will need to wake babies and very young children and help them get out. In your plan, talk about who will help each child get out safely.
- It is important to find two ways out of every room in your home, in case one exit is blocked or dangerous to use.
- Choose a meeting place outside your home. Children should know what to do when they hear a smoke alarm and there is no adult around. Help them practice going to the outside meeting place. Teach them to never go back inside a building that is on fire.
Keep Children Safe from Fire & Burns
There are simple steps you can take to keep you and the people you love safe from fire and burns.
- Keep children 3 feet away from anything that can get hot. Space heaters and stove-tops can cause terrible burns. Keep children at least 3 feet away from stoves, heaters, or anything that gets hot.
- Keep smoking materials locked up in a high place. Just as you should keep firearms locked away from access from children, never leave cigarette lighters or matches where children can reach them.
- Never play with lighters or matches when you are with your children. Children may try to do the same things they see you do.
Bicycle Safety for Kids
Helmets can save lives and prevent devastating traumatic injury, but only if they are worn consistently and properly.
A helmet should be worn squarely on the top of the head, covering the top of the forehead. The chinstrap must be fastened and the helmet should fit snugly and comfortably. The helmet should not be able to move side-to-side or front-to-back. Most helmets come with removable pads so you can customize the fit for any child. Appropriately designed and sized helmets should also be used when necessary for other dangerous activates. These include riding ATVs, motorcycles, scooters, etc. Head injuries are devastating, especially in the very young. Adults should lead by example with their use and always ensure the children they are responsible for are protected.
Fun Safety Activities for Children
- Visit Sparky's website, for printable material for children to learn and understand the importance of fire safety.
- Visit Sparky's School House. An interactive website for kids to explore and learn about the importance of fire safety.
- Home escape plan printable document