At Educational Playcare, Wellness is one of our Core Values because the health and safety of our families and staff are very important to us. That is why, in honor of Fire Prevention Week (October 4th – October 10th), we want to ensure our families know important safety tips regarding fire safety and prevention.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 300 people are killed and $280 million in property is damaged each year as a result of children playing with fire. That is why it is so important for families to talk to their children about fire safety and to ensure everyone is taking sensible precautions.
First and foremost, all homes should have smoke alarms installed that are routinely checked to ensure they are working properly. Research shows that most fires start in the kitchen and 1 and 6 home fires are caused by heating equipment. Families should be aware of their surroundings when cooking, making sure there are no towels or paper towels are too close to the burners on the stovetop. When using heating equipment such as a space heater, be sure to keep them at least 3 feet away from anything that is flammable. Keep dangerous items such as lighters, matches, and candles out of your child’s reach. Families are encouraged to use only lighters that have child-resistant features and purchase candles that are flameless.
Top tips regarding fire safety from the American Red Cross include:
- Again, installing smoke alarms on every level of your home. They also suggest installing them in bedrooms and outdoor sleeping areas as well.
- Test smoke alarms monthly and be sure to change the batteries as needed.
- Talk with your family about an escape plan and be sure to practice it twice a year.
- Teach your children about STOP, DROP, and ROLL.
- Be sure everyone old enough in your family knows how to call 9-1-1.
For more information about fire safety and how to prepare your family, visit the American Red Cross website.