Every home should have a clear fire escape plan. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case as only 26% of families have a fire escape plan. Don’t be part of this statistic. Or else, you can be part of another statistic – the fact that fires kill more Americans than all the natural disasters combined.
Everyone in your family should know about the fire escape plan and they should understand it. Of course, this should include your kids. Sadly, over 60,000 kids all over the world die every year because of a fire. You can avoid this tragedy if your kids know how they’re going to exit your home in case of a fire.
Making a Fire Escape Plan that Your Kids will Understand
Follow these steps to make a fire escape plan that your kids will enjoy making and will understand:
- Get a blank piece of paper.
- Ask your kids to draw your house. Make sure to let them know that they should include the doors and windows.
- This is where the game starts. Go to every room and space in your home and have your kids find at least 2 exits from that room or space.
- Have all your kids try to open all doors and windows. They should be able to do so easily.
- Ask the kids where they think the best place to meet outside is. Say that it’s going to be the rendezvous point. Your job is to choose the best and safest spot to meet in case of a fire.
- Teach everyone what they need to do in case the fire alarm sounds. You should practice.
- Have everyone memorize the number of the fire department in your local area. Quiz them regularly. Of course, tell them what they need to do with this number in case of a fire.
Make it as fun as possible. But once they’ve mastered the plan, you should let them know that it’s also important that they don’t treat it as a game when a fire happens.
Teach them Fire Safety Tips
Of course, you should also teach them how to avoid fires. There are a lot of things that you should teach. You can start by teaching them the importance of not playing with fires and fire starters. You should also teach them to be careful whenever they’re in the kitchen. It’s also a must that they know the stop, drop and roll technique so they’ll know what to do if their clothing catches fire.
As for the other fire safety tips for your kids (and for you as well), you can refer to this infographic provided by ContractorQuotes.us. It has some very useful facts and statistics that should convince you to take fire safety seriously. Of course, it also provides some very helpful fire safety tips that can help you teach your kids how to prevent fires and what they need to do in case of one.