How to Talk to Your Kids About Fire Safety

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Fire safety is a serious topic, especially when it comes to educating younger children. As a parent, you should teach your children the importance of fire safety, and what to do in case of an emergency in your home. However, talking to young kids about fire safety can be challenging. Here are some tips to help talk about fire safety with your kids:

Keep It Simple

Fire can be scary subject for small children that don't completely understand the dangers a fire can cause. That is why when talking about fire safety and making a family escape plan, it is best to keep it simple. It is important to explain that fire is dangerous, and give them tips like "Stop, Drop and Roll" and to stay close to the ground when smoke is in the air. By telling your kids what they can do, this will help them to feel more confident in the case on an emergency.

If a portable fire escape ladder is part of your plan, make sure your children know when and how to use it. If you have a meeting place designated in case your family gets separated, make sure it’s not hard to find. The less thinking your child has to do to get to safety, the better.

Prioritize Evacuation

Above all else, you should make sure your children know that getting out of the house is the number one priority. Make it clear that things and possessions are replaceable, but they are not. Tell them to not worry about their toys or pets, the firefighters will help save those. After showing them what the smoke alarm sounds like, make sure they understand if they ever hear that noise that they should get out of the house immediately.

Give Them a Plan

One of the most serious concerns as it relates to kids and fire safety is that young people may be more likely to panic in the event of a fire, but if you give them a plan and practice it routinely, it can help them make calm, rational decisions.

When making an escape plan, remember to keep it simple. Have a designated outside, meeting place and make sure everyone knows it. It is recommended that you plan for two escape routes out of every room. Sometimes, this means exiting from a window. When planning and practicing, make sure your kids know where and how to use the escape ladder. A fun way to engage your kids when making the escape plan is by drawing a map of your house and asking them to trace the safest path to exit.

Fire safety is very important for the whole family to understand. Help your kids be prepared and confident in the event of a home fire by teaching them about fire safety, how to prevent fires in your home, and providing them with the resources they need. Don't forget to practice your family’s escape plan regularly!