October is fire prevention month

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October is National Fire Prevention Month. Heather from The Children’s Workshop shared the following quick and easy tips to make sure your family is prepared:

  1. First and foremost, check your smoke alarms! Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. They are a critical first step for staying safe, but in order to be effective, they have to be working properly
  2. Teach kids never to play with matches and lighters. Make a habit of placing these items up and away from young children. Even better, purchase child proof lighters for use around your home.
  3. Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room in case of a fire. Get a stopwatch and time how fast your family can escape.
  4. Children should know how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm. Teach them to get low and get out when they hear it.
  5. Use common sense in the kitchen. Limit distractions when cooking and don’t leave a hot oven or stovetop unattended.
  6. Teach children to stay away from dangerous objects that could cause a fire:
    • Outdoor grill
    • Fire pit
    • Oven / stove
    • Candles, tart warmers
    • Hair dryer
    • Etc.

What does The Children’s Workshop to teach children about fire safety?:

  • Have monthly fire drills to teach and prepare children how to evacuate the building. We even practice obstructed drills so in the event of a real fire, children and staff are able to think quickly on their feet.
  • Have clearly marked exits and evacuation plans located at each doorway.
  • Have up to date and accessible fire extinguishers as appropriate by the RI State Fire Code.
  • Teach children through class discussion, activities, and books about fire safety.

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