Each year, hundreds of people are killed or injured and millions of dollars lost in property damage as a result of fire. Most of these are preventable tragedies that could have been avoided with the knowledge of a few simple fire safety tips. It is imperative that parents teach their children early, so that they may continue safe habits into adulthood. October is Fire Prevention month, but the following safety tips should be taught and practiced throughout the year.
Make sure all family members know what to do in the event of a fire. Draw a floor plan with at least one means of escape from every room. Develop a plan for each floor. Make sure the plan shows the important details—stairs, hallways and windows that can be used as fire escape routes. Click on the picture below to make your own family fire escape plan!
Choose a safe meeting place outside the house. This will make it easy to account for everyone and you will be able to quickly inform arriving firefighters in the event someone is missing.
Smokers need to be extra careful! Never smoke in bed or when you are tired. Carelessly discarded cigarettes are a leading cause of fire deaths in the United States!
In the hands of a child, matches and lighters can be very dangerous! Store them where kids cannot reach them, preferably in a locked area. Teach children that matches and lighters are "tools" and should only be used by adults.