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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use common sense in the kitchen. Limit distractions when cooking and don’t leave a hot oven or stovetop unattended.
- Teach children to stay away from dangerous objects that could cause a fire:
- Outdoor grill
- Fire pit
- Oven / stove
- Candles, tart warmers
- Hair dryer
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.