As National Fire Prevention Week is October 5-11, now is an ideal time to talk to kids about how to avoid causing fires as well as how to keep safe should a fire occur.
The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) offers these tips. Children should:
1. Never touch matches, candles or lighters, and make sure to tell an adult immediately if they see matches or a lighter in a room.
2. Not cook alone.
3. Remind parents to turn pot handles toward the center of the stove.
4. Never stick anything in an electric socket.
5. Never hang anything on a lamp, heater or radiator.
6. Always let an adult know if there is any kind of smoke or fire in the house.
7. Get out quickly if there is a fire.
8. Call 9-1-1 immediately once out of the house.
9. Develop an escape plan with their parents. Plan for two possible escape routes out of the house and practice an escape plan with their parents several times a year.
10. Stay low to the floor when escaping a fire, as smoke rises and makes it difficult to see.