While most of us are exposed to potential fire hazards on a daily basis, very few schools have formal fire safety education programs. Therefore, it largely falls up to a parent or a primary caregiver to make their child aware of fire safety. It is certainly not easy to provide children with comprehensive fire safety education. However, these 15 tips listed here include some of the basics of fire safety that everyone must know irrespective of their age.
Fire hazards are a reality and we are perpetually surrounded by a potential outbreak. Therefore, fire safety is a list of best practices to follow in order to minimize the damage caused by a fire outbreak. These practices are designed to include how one can prevent an uncontrolled fire and how to control one after it begins.
When it comes to teaching kids regarding fire safety, you can begin from an early age itself. These 15 tips cover all of the essential fire safety tips that every child must be taught.
It is very important to communicate fire safety with your child in a manner that is effective. Explain to them what happens in case of a fire and how they can make sure that they are safe.
Make sure that you have enough smoke detectors in your home that are in perfect working condition. Every floor of your home should have at least one detector. Talk to your children about these and make sure that they understand what it means when the device sends out an alert.
Children must not be allowed to play with either matches or lighters as they can accidentally start a fire. The best practice is to make sure that these are kept out of their reach. In case a child has to use these then it must be done under adult supervision.
There may be a chance that after you have extinguished a match it may still be flammable. Therefore, the best practice is to run it under water before disposing of a burnt match. Anyone who is using a match must make it a habit to follow this process.
It is important to make children understand that they must remain careful around burning candles and incense sticks. These things emanate exposed heat and can be a potential fire hazard.
It is very important to educate your child about the dangers of over plugging, especially in our technology-driven lives. They must know the limit on how many devices they can plug so as not to cause a short circuit due to overloading.
A lit fireplace or a stove is a clear fire hazard and children must understand the need to be careful around these. This is very important if you are allowing them near these areas to cook, or heat things, etc.
If you are allowing children around stoves or fireplaces, then make sure that you keep any inflammable substances away from these areas. It is also important to educate children about the dangers of using flammable substances around a stove or a fireplace.
A fire drill is an excellent way to give your child practical knowledge on how to behave in case of a fire. Create a map and a plan that you can execute with your child in the form of a fire drill. It is very important to educate your child about a designated ‘safe area’ around the house or inside, where they can come in case of a fire.
This involves teaching your child how to exit the premises in case of a fire outbreak. You can teach them how to stay low and avoid inhaling any smoke. The best method is to crawl and reach a safe place.
The stop, drop, and roll technique is very helpful in case your child’s clothes catch fire. Therefore, it is very important to help them train effectively in this.
The child must try their best to get outside in case of a fire. Tell them that they will be safest outdoors and that hiding indoors in the most dangerous thing to do. They can get stuck indoors in case the roof caves in during the fire.
Carrying things on you like a soft toy or a doll can increase your chances of catching fire. Therefore, the children must be taught to leave everything behind when they are escaping a fire. Their priority must be to get themselves out unscathed.
In case you are in an apartment, then it is best to avoid using the elevator in case of a fire. The children must be taught to exit the building only via the staircase. This is because an elevator can stop functioning during a fire and you may be stuck inside.
Once the children have exited the building and reached a safe place, they must know how to reach you. Therefore, it is very important for them to know the emergency numbers on which they can reach you. This can also be an emergency helpline on which they can call and seek assistance.
You can undertake all the possible precautions and safety measures to avoid or combat fires. However, all of these measures can stand to fail if they are not communicated to the rest of your family members, especially your children. Therefore, educating your child regarding fire safety must form the first and foremost component of your safety drill. These 15 tips can help you educate your children regarding how they can independently help avoid fire and keep themselves safe in case of an outbreak.