The second week in October is National Fire Prevention Week, and while there is a ton of information out there in internetland about fire prevention, I wanted to focus on creating a home fire escape plan for the whole family. More specifically, for your kids. While your home is looked at as your biggest financial investment, there is no bigger investment than the lives of your children, so ensuring that they are protected should be priority numero uno. One way to keep your little investments safe is by taking the time to create an escape plan for your whole family in the event of a fire, therefore I have put together a handful of tips on getting you and your family on the right track.
- Create a floor plan: take a few minutes with your kids to draw up a floor plan. From there show them the best route for escape depending where they are in the home if a fire does occur.
- Figure out the best ways of escape from each room: with your floor plan in hand, walk around the house, with your children, and physically go over each of the escape routes.
- Check doors for heat: inform your kids that they must check doors for heat with the back of their hand before moving into another room. If the door feels hot, then they should take an alternate route if one is available.
- Crawl to avoid smoke: ensure your children know that they need to crawl in order to avoid smoke inhalation.
- Stop, drop and roll: we all know the phrase, but take the time to hammer home to your children that they need to immediately stop, drop and roll if any part of their person catches on fire.
- Come up with a meeting spot: whether it be a neighbor’s house, a mailbox or a nearby tree, come up with a place where everyone can meet. Furthermore, inform them that they are not to go back inside the home for any reason whatsoever.
- We’re talking about practice: take all of these tips and practice them with the entire family, both during the day and at nighttime. Take different approaches each time, and throw different scenarios at your child so they’ll be ready for any situation they might be faced with.
- Calm before the storm: while going over these home fire escape plans with your children, you should constantly make clear the importance of staying calm during any situation they might come across.
Hopefully these tips come to be of great value to you while creating a home fire escape plan with your kids. Being prepared for a house fire is incredibly important for you and your family alike, and there really isn’t a better time to do so than during National Fire Prevention Week.
If you have any ideas or tips of your own, please share them with us in the comments’ section below!