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Discuss: Keep discussions about fires simple and age appropriate. One of the most serious concerns for children and fire safety is the likelihood of panic. Therefore, it is vital to have a plan in place and practice it often, so it becomes a routine. This will help them remain calm and make rational decisions in the event a fire does occur. Set up a family field trip with your local fire department. The fire station will be able to provide you with valuable fire safety information and tools.
Evacuation Plan: Did you know 50% of homeowners in the U.S. do not have an emergency escape plan? In the event of an emergency, every second counts. Install smoke alarms outside sleeping areas and on every level of your home. Be sure to test them monthly and replace batteries every six months. According to the Nation Fire Protection Association, you may have less than two minutes to escape after your smoke alarms sound. Hence, the importance of having an evacuation plan and practicing it often with your family.
Fire Drills: Fire drills are often practiced at school and in the workplace, so why not practice at home? Use this opportunity to get the whole family involved and even make it fun for the children. Make it a goal for everyone in your family to exit the house in less than two minutes. Remember to also practice the drills at nighttime to prepare for evacuating in the darkness.