The following post was written by editor Kara Fleck.
October is National Fire Safety Month. This is the perfect time to start getting into the habit of a monthly home fire drill or to polish up your existing procedure, if your family already has one in place.
On a regular basis, the kids and I talk about fire safety, discussing what to do in a fire, and we have been doing an at-home fire drill every month. Still, it has been very eye-opening to me just how much they forget from month to month when we do our fire drills. That tells me how important it is that we keep this habit.
This month, we’re brushing up on fire safety and I’m using some resources from around the web to help us prepare.
These will probably vary for each family, depending on the ages of your children, but just to give you some ideas and get the conversations started, here are my goals for our home fire drills:
- To review our two different escape routes
- To stress that we need to get out and then stay out!
- Learning why we need to crawl low under smoke, and then practicing our crawling
- Checking doors for heat before opening them
- Assigning a meeting place (our neighbor’s drive way across the street)
- Calling 9-1-1 after you are out of the house
- Setting off the smoke alarm so we can hear what it sounds like
- Checking the batteries in our smoke detectors
- Practicing our fire drill a few times – not just talking about it, but actually doing it
Here are a few things I hope to incorporate in our fire safety talks:
- The concept of stop-drop-roll
- The special clothes that firefighters wear (which might seem scary to some children)
- Fire extinguishers and smoke detectors
- NEVER playing with matches or lighters
Fire Safety Resources for Kids
- Sparky the Fire Dog website
- McGruff “Be Fire Safe” game
- Fire Safety Coloring Pages
- Kindergarten Fire Safety Theme Week from Confessions of a Homeschooler
Fire safety certainly falls under the category of lessons that I hope my children never have to actually put into practice.
My hope is that discussing fire safety and initiating regular at-home fire drills will prepare my family, should such an emergency ever occur. Be safe, friends!
This post originally appeared in October 2010 and has been updated for October 2011.
Do you do monthly home fire drills with your kids? What else should I include in our fire safety talks?