Fire Prevention for Everyone!
Fire Safety & Kids
Children have a natural and early curiosity with fire. It is critical for parents to educate their children on the danger of fire and take the necessary precautions to keep all sources of ignition out of a child’s reach.
- When testing smoke alarms, have your children present so that they can become familiar with the sound of the alarm and recognize the alarm during an emergency.
- When children see the sight of smoke or fire, they will often hide. It is very critical to prepare and practice your fire escape plan with your children and teach them to leave the home immediately and meet in the designated meeting area.
- Store all matches, lighters and sources of flame out of sight of children and in a locked cabinet.
- Teach children the danger of playing with matches and lighters and set firm rules and consequences when playing with fire.
- Children should be aware of fire safety techniques, such as “Stop, Drop and Roll”, “get low and go under smoke” and how and when to call 9-1-1.
Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities
Seniors and individuals with disabilities are at an increase risk of injury or death caused from a fire due to decreased mobility, increased risk of falls or lack of cognitive ability to comprehend emergency situations. Individuals, caretakers and families should consider the following when preparing a fire safety plan:
- Consider moving the individuals bedroom to the ground floor to assist with an easier and more accessible escape route. Ensure smoke alarms are installed near any sleeping area.
- Learn the sound of the smoke alarm. Individuals with decreased hearing should consider installing smoke alarms with flashing lights, vibration or higher decibel sounds to alert you of an emergency.
- Individuals that smoke should be provided with a large, deep ashtray. Never smoke while lying down, in bed or while drowsy.
- Ensure accessibility to all doors and windows. Practice opening doors and windows that may have a safety device attached.
- Ensure a phone with all emergency numbers is close to your body at all times.
- Practice your fire escape plan around your abilities and/or disabilities.
How to Prevent Falls
- Exercise regularly to maintain mobility.
- Take your time when sitting, standing or walking.
- Keep floors clear of clutter and electrical cords.
- Be aware of spills or uneven surfaces.
- Use prescribed walking aids.
- Never leave children unsupervised and check on them regularly while sleeping.
- Keep children away from the stove, hot liquids, electrical cords, space heaters and matches/lighters.
- Review the fire escape plan and become familiar with all exits, including windows. Test the smoke alarm to become familiar with the sound.
- Keep all emergency phone numbers and address in your pocket.
- Inform the babysitter of all emergency contact information, such as where you can be reached and emergency numbers for police and fire (9-1-1)
- Include the phone number and address of the home as emergency dispatch will require this information.
- Share your fire escape plan with the babysitter.
- Point out all smoke alarms and emergency exits.
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