No one likes to think about a fire in their home, but if an unexpected fire occurs, it’s extremely important that you and your children know what to do.
This guide will help prepare your family and give you some peace of mind.
Your first step: Create an escape plan based on your home's layout.
A fire safety plan may be scary for young children, so it's important to reassure them when planning a fire escape route. Explain a fire is unlikely, but if it happened, knowing what to do will keep your family safe.
Names of each room: (kitchen, bathroom, girl’s bedroom, John’s room, etc.). A plan doesn’t have to be exactly to scale, but it should help children identify which room is which.
Identify two ways out of every room, if possible: Then go over the plan with children ages 5 and older. For younger children, they may not understand a plan, so it’s suggested to walk around your home and show your children where the exits are and how they'll get out. Your secondary, or alternate, exit can be another door or window. Items that block doors and windows in your home could keep you from escaping in the event of a home fire. So unblock your exits today!
Safe Meeting Place: A "Safe Meeting Place" is a designated location outside the home where your family will gather once outside the home. Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, electricity pole, boundary wall etc) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
Teach your kids to "get low and go:" Have children practice escaping from each room by crouching down very low and crawling along the perimeter of the room to an exit. Make sure your child understands that this technique is different from "stop, drop, and roll," which is what children should do if an item of clothing catches fire.
Have everyone memorise the 999 phone number: That way any member of the household can call from a mobile once outside.
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