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4 Things Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids About Fire Safety

It’s a parent’s job to protect their children from various harms—one of those being fire. No matter how young a child is, they should learn about fire safety. This way, they will know how to respond to a fire and, perhaps, prevent one from happening in the first place. Such knowledge could end up saving their life one day. If you’re a mom or dad who is hoping to keep your child safe when it comes to fires, here is what you should teach them.

A Few Prevention Tips

A fire can be started in multiple ways. For example, a candle could be forgotten about when lit and cause a fire. Another common way for a fire to start is for food to be forgotten about while being cooked on the stove. Let your child know that you might need their help to remember not to forget about these things—especially when leaving the house. Assign your child the task to blow out the candles if everyone is leaving to go out. Some children love taking on responsibility as it makes them feel grown up, and so this is a great way to teach them fire safety and cater to that as well.

Don’t Touch!

Children should be taught not to touch fire. When you light a candle, it might be wise to let your child know that you are doing that and let them know that they shouldn’t touch it. If needed, explain that fire is very hot and can hurt their skin. When using a campfire or barbecue grill, make that known as well. Hopefully, your child will see that you’re concerned about them and that you’re not just giving them another rule.

The Basics: Stop, Drop & Roll

It’s important that every child know how to respond to a Tele-Plus fire alarm or whatever type you have installed in your home. That’s where stop, drop and roll come into play.

  • Stop: Teach your child to stop whatever they’re doing when they hear the alarm. Do they smell or see smoke? If not, then they should find the adult in the home who can see whether or not it was a false alarm. If they do smell or see smoke, they should stop moving around as movement can actually fan the flames. Then, they should continue with the SDR process
  • Drop: He or she should lay down on the ground and cover their face.
  • Roll: If the fire is near them, they should roll on the ground to extinguish it

Along with SDR, your child should learn how to open a window, remove the screen and get out of the house in preparation for a fire emergency.

Don’t Be Scared of Firefighters

Firefighters risk their lives every day to save the lives of others, including children. However, some children can be shy and feel too scared during a fire to even go to a fire fighter. Some may run or hide. Teach your children that they should never be scared of a firefighter who has come to get them out of a fire. To help your children become comfortable around firefighters, you could take them to a firehouse for a tour where they can visit with the firefighters and even see cool stuff like firetrucks. Some schools may even have firefighters come visit their schools. If your child’s school has yet to do that, talk to the administration and encourage that it be done.

Keeping your child safe is your number one priority. Don’t put off teaching him or her these lessons as they could end up saving their life!

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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