Talking about fire safety is one of the most important conversations you can have with your child. What they learn will help them in the event of any fire at any time in their lives. Consider talking to your child about these fire safety lessons:
Show your child how to safely exit a room in the event of a fire emergency. There are always two ways to get out of a room. If necessary, show them how to use an emergency escape ladder. Remind them that they should always use stairways and never an elevator.
Demonstrate how to use a door to tell if it’s safe to leave the room. Remember to look under the door for smoke and to never touch a doorknob when scoping out the situation. If the door is compromised, tell them to use the other exit.
When telling them how to leave a building, if safe, crawl on the floor and cover their mouths and nose with their shirt. This will prevent them from inhaling smoke or other dangerous fumes. Tell them not to stop for belongings or pets. When outside, tell them to stay outside and find an emergency responder if another family member is not around.
Teaching children about fire safety is extremely beneficial. In addition to your conversation, consider finding a community event where your local fire department is attending. Letting your child talk to first responders and see what equipment they use can not only be enriching for them, but can also solidify your safety talks. Either way, your child is bound to learn a lot and be safe in the event of a fire!
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