Free Child Fire Safety Infographic.
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Children under the age of five are at particular risk on fire injuries. In addition to teaching children the basics of fire safety in the infographic above, here are some additional, practical things adults can do to keep children fire safe.
Additional Child Fire Safety Tips
- Have working fire alarms on each floor of the house, in each main living area, and outside of bedroom areas. Replace the batteries twice a year. Although most Americans report having fire alarms in their home, the vast majority of injuries and deaths in home fires happen in houses without working fire alarms.
- Make a family fire escape plan for the home. Teach children the escape routes. Remember, children learn best by active doing and by repetition, so practice the escape plan regularly. Have a specific outdoor location, such as by the mailbox or under the big tree in a neighbor’s yard, where the family will gather after leaving the home in case of fire. That way, if different family members leave through different exits, you will know that all are safely accounted for.
- Teach little ones the word “Hot!” Associate it with hot things like the kitchen stove, fireplace, grill, and outdoor fire pits, so your child will understand it is a warning word and to avoid touching things you have called “Hot!”
- Turn the handles of cooking pots inward on the stove so children cannot grab them. Also, don’t hang a dish towel on the handle of the oven. If a child grabs the towel, the oven door may open.
- Teach children the Stop, Drop, Roll, and Call technique. (“Call” is to call for help.) Emphasize that this is what to do if their clothes catch on fire. Why? Too many children overgeneralize and, when asked what they should do if their house catches on fire, answer, “Stop, Drop, Roll, and Call.”
- Glass doors on gas fireplaces can easily get blistering hot. In front of gas fireplaces, use a spark guard, tri-panel fireplace screen or child fireplace safety gate to prevent accidental burns.
- Use child fire safety gates around wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves, and BBQ grills.
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