Fire knows nothing about mercy. Our first mistake could be our last. Therefore, there is no messing around with fire. Fire accidents are sure to bring in tears. On the other hand, safety is the only means to bring in cheers. If kids don’t work safely, they would be hurt greatly. Since safety has no time out, how do we teach our kids the important aspects of fire safety?
Never Play with Fire
A tiny flame can progress like wildfire and destroy human life and properties beyond imagination. Therefore, kids should be steered away from objects that can light a fire. Let them know that they should never play with matches, lighters, firecrackers, candles or any other object that can cause a fire. It should be second nature for them to understand that these are adult tools. After all, messing around with these tools can lead to a blazing trial of fire that can burn the whole house down.
As a precautionary measure, store all the flammable items in a secured closet. Preferably, lock them in a high place away from your kid’s reach. It’s advisable to keep kids immune from anything that can catch fire which includes the stove-tops and heaters. Also, do not light cigarettes in front of them. Moreover, have the right protection equipment at your house. Do whatever you can to keep them immune from fire hazards. After all, it’s a question of life and death.
Kids learn better by watching as opposed to merely listening. No matter how many times you tell them not a touch an item, you will still see them playing with that object once you are out of sight. So, perform this activity to help them understand the difference between safe and dangerous household items.
Take a white board and write “safe items” on one side and “dangerous items” on the other side. Explain them the difference between the two. Finally, hold the items one by one, and ask them to recognize if it’s a safe item or a dangerous item. This simple activity can go a long way in helping them identify the safe and dangerous items at home.
Even if it’s a small kid, teach him/her how to dial the emergency number 911 on the phone. It’s the most important number to memorize because it can get anyone contact the police, ambulance, or fire department. It could prove to be a life savior. Also, have the numbers of the neighbors and nearby friends handy for quick help. Use stickers and place them on prominent places for easy access to the emergency numbers.
Hiding or waiting for someone can prove to be a dreadful mistake. In the event of a fire, kids should simply run for their lives. They should know the emergency exit plan to get outside. Ask them not to go back for a toy or anything else. Out-of-control fire can spread like wildfire within no time. Toys can be replaced, not human life. So, they should never be running towards the fire to save an already lifeless toy.
It’s easy to think of things that can prevent or stop a fire. But, what do we do if a fire has already started? There will be no app to remind us of last-minute fire. Kids should know how to respond to danger situations. Teach your kids how to drop to the floor and roll if any part of their clothes catches fire. Moreover, tell them not to run because it will only spread the fire on the clothes. They should keep rolling till the fire on their clothes die. Demonstrate this rescue act to help them understand better. Ask them to stage it many times till they get it right.
Did you know that fire alarms reduce the chances of death by fire by almost 50%? So, they are critical for one’s safety and well-being. Therefore, familiarize your kids with the sound of the fire alarm. Press the fire alarm at least once in a month to see if it works or not. Use this time to recap the fire-escape plan with your kids. Invest in good fire safety equipment and proactively inspect them for faults once in a while.
There is no bulletproof way to be fire safe at all times. So, there should be an evacuation plan in place. Kids should know the fastest escape route in the event of a fire. Plan and practice exit with them during the day as well as in the night. Also, teach them how to keep low on the floor to evade smoke and fire. Designate a meeting point and ask your kids to wait there till other family members arrive.
Visit the Fire Station
Why not take them to a fire station? Don’t you think that a fire station would be a Holy Grail of fire safety information? So, plan a family trip to the fire station. Of course, be courteous enough to call them to check if the visit is possible. If a private tour is not possible, check with them when the next open house event is scheduled. They usually hold open house events in the neighborhood to raise awareness about fire safety.
Generally, firefighters are eager to introduce themselves and talk about fire safety. Initially, your kids might get scared seeing a firefighter in full gear. Go well prepared so that your kids don’t bump into scary surprises. Your kids are bound to gain a lot of safety tips on their visit. They will certainly be sold. However, if your son has just swallowed a stone from the yard, then a firefighter won’t be able to do much over here. It’s one of those parental challenges that you will have to deal on your own.
With no purposeful intent, one in four fires is set by kids below the age of five. Remember, safety is something that cannot be gambled. A tiny fire can get tall within no time. If we don’t stay informed, we might get deformed. So, fire accidents should be stopped before they stop us. Safety in: and we should all win. So, let our kids be a safety hero, and score a zero on fire accidents.