Chapter Thirty-Four:  Fire Safety Tips for Kids

When children get older, they begin to comprehend much more of what each thing does in the house and in the kitchen. Once they reach this age, many parents find this a good time to teach them about fire safety and 911.

Being Proactive About Fire Safety

It is essential for parents to take the time to teach their children about being proactive and taking safety into their own hands when they have done something or when they see something is not right in the house. Many schools will teach your children about who to call when in danger and how, but reinforcing these drills and educative measures can really help your child remember the right thing to do when in need. Teaching them to prevent fires, telling them where you keep the fire extinguisher, how to attempt to put out a fire and what to do if they catch on fire are key components of this education. In addition, reinforcing what school has taught them can also help them remember. As most schools put a lot of money into this type of education by bringing in fire fighters and police officers, as well as having hands-on training drills with the kids, they are even more likely to remember these tactics when parents also teach them. If parents take what their kids learned in school and add onto it at home, they can be sure to provide good safety education for their children. In addition to kitchen, burn, and fire safety, there are a lot of safety measures for bedrooms and other rooms in the house that schools don’t teach that should be of concern for parents.

Bedroom Fire Safety

With every child’s house and room being different, schools cannot really teach kids about safety tips for their bedrooms; that is where parents take full control. The biggest risks for kids’ rooms are falling objects and electrical fires. Again, placing simple covers on electrical outlets can prevent fires or electrical shock. These covers can be purchased at many home department stores, or even grocery stores. They are fairly inexpensive, and can make the home look cleaner, as well as safer. Try to not have any large old lamps, lava lamps, heaters, or improperly wired nightlights in your child’s bedroom as well. These things use a lot of electricity, making them big fire hazards in the home. Always make sure to check for proper wiring in the home, and in the bedrooms, as well as keep smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors up to date.  While it is difficult to watch over your child at all times, taking the necessary precautions can tremendously decrease the chances of injury and/or fire. Educating your children on home safety and the dangers of their actions is instrumental in keeping your child, and your home, safe at all times.

Curious Kids Set Fires

Children under five are curious about fire. Often what begins as a natural exploration of the unknown can lead to tragedy.

Practice Fire Safety in Your Home

    It is important to be aware of these dangers to your children and take the necessary steps to try and prevent them.