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Teach Your Children To Safely Escape a Home Fire

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Hold regular drills so your entire family knows how to respond to the sight of flames

Teach Your Children To Safely Escape a Home Fire

Any Ebenezer, TN, home is susceptible to fire damage, so it's vital that all children are taught how to escape a fire. As a cautious parent or guardian, it's up to you to create a plan and protect your kids safety. Your plan should consist of these elements:

  • Recognizing the sound of fire/smoke alarms
  • Familiarity with exit routes and alternatives
  • Where to meet outside the home

Hold regular drills so your entire family knows how to respond to the sight of flames or the sound of the alarm at any time of day or night.

Install Voice Alarms

Did you know that many children won't wake up when smoke and fire alarms go off during the night? In recent years, studies found that at least 80 percent of children don't wake up even if the home fire alarm is sounding right in their bedroom. Today, smoke detectors are equipped with voice alarms which are much more effective at rousing children from their sleep. Consider replacing bedroom alarms with these new devices for your kids safety.

Consider Several Scenarios

Draw up a fire escape plan that gets the family out within just a minute or two. Ideally, children should sleep with their doors closed. As part of your exit plan, make sure children know how to respond if their doorknob is hot. Provide alternative escape plans in the event the original route is blocked. During your drills, practice methods of getting out of bed safely; teach children to roll out of bed to avoid smoke inhalation.

Stay Out of the House

In the emotional moments after escaping a home fire, adults and children may suddenly realize that a treasured belonging is in danger of fire damage. It is crucial, however, that family members do not go back into the home. When you are all gathered safely at your meeting point, support each other in remaining safely out of the home.
Once the flames have settled and fire cleanup efforts are underway, your kids safety is still your top concern. Fire damage cleanup professionals will focus on returning your home to its condition before fire damage occurred.

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