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Fire Safety For Kids is Important

Did you know that October is fire safety month? Well now you do! Fires can be very scary. I know this first hand because, years ago, the room that my 2 younger sisters shared caught on fire. Luckily no one was at home at the time, but our home sustained some significant damage and we were quite shaken up. Later on we learned the cause of the fire was a faulty wire. We were lucky that we were not at home when the fire broke out because we didn’t really have a fire evacuation plan. I shudder to think what may have happened if we were home at the time. So with that said, I want to offer some fire safety tips that you can use.

Fire Safety Tips Every Kid Should Know

If you have a family, it is important that you learn about fire safety for kids. As a parent, this is your duty. You need to learn all about it so that you can teach your children how to be safe if your home is ever on fire. Remember that a fire makes the home a very chaotic and confusing place to be. You may imagine yourself finding all of your children and leading them to safety. In practicality, though, you will not have the time or the ability to do this. You will be much better off if you teach them what to do so that you do not have to worry.

The first thing that you need to have is a fire evacuation plan. You should practice moving along this route with your children so that they understand how to do it. You may want to practice in the dark to simulate the feeling of being in a smoke-filled home. You should talk to them about the different exits and the fastest ways to reach them from the bedrooms, the bathroom, and the living room.

Next, you need to tell them how to know what doors and areas to avoid. You do not want them to blindly follow the evacuation plan even if it leads to the fire. You must realize that fire safety for kids is all about teaching them how to react correctly, not about having them memorize what to do in each different scenario. You can start by talking about how throwing water on a door can help them know if the fire is behind it. If water is not available, you can teach them how to touch the back of the door instead of the metal handle so that they can decide if it is safe to open the door and enter the next room. Furthermore, you should talk to them about rolling on the ground if their clothes catch on fire. Make sure that you mention that crawling is wise, even when they feel the need to hurry, since it will keep them from breathing in the smoke.

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Along with the fire evacuation plan, you need to tell them what to do once they get outside. You need to have a meeting place. If you do not, you may think someone is still inside when they have really gone out another door and into the alley on the other side of the home. This could lead you to go back in, putting yourself in unnecessary danger. Have the children all tell you where the meeting place is so that you can be sure that they understand and remember where they are supposed to go.

This video offers some great fire safety tips for kids and demonstrates how to “stop, drop & roll”:

Fire Safety For Children: The Friendly Fireman

So tell me, do you have a fire evacuation plan? What fire safety tips have you taught your kids?   

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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "

22 Comments

  • Thanks for writing an excellent article for parents about fire safety! I believe one of the top responsibilities of parents is to protect their children. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, each year more than 3500 people die in the United States from fire each year. Tragically, many of these are children and about 52% of children who suffer fire deaths are age 5 and under. Children are naturally curious about fire. The agency recommends that parents take the mystery out of fire play by teaching children that fire is a tool, not a toy. And for goodness sake, make sure you have a smoke alarm and the batteries are in good working order!

    • It’s hard to believe that so many people don’t have working smoke detectors in their homes.

    • I didn’t know either. I just found out myself. It seems like October is the month for many different causes i.e. breast cancer awareness month, etc…

  • We have talked with our kids about fire safety, but we have been meaning to buy the ladders kids can hang out their windows. All of our bedrooms are upstairs, and it would be hard to get out if the fire was downstairs. Thanks for sharing!

    • I need to look into those ladders as well because like you, our bedrooms are upstairs.

  • I did not know it was fire safety month! These are good tips and I am glad to say we do have a safety evacuation plan if we are ever faced with a fire. Just last week in Baltimore a grandmother and 5 grandchildren burn up in a row home because they did not have working smoke detectors. It is so sad because they are so important. We change the batteries in ours every time we change the clocks for the time change.

    • Wow that’s so sad. Eerily, A similar incident happened around here, a few months ago. A grandmother and 5 children perished because there were no working smoke detectors in the hose. Like you, we make sure to check and change the batteries often.

  • Great post! This is one of the many reasons we are moving at the beginning of the year. We live in a trailer, which means no means of evacuation because it will be completely engulfed in flames in just mere seconds. We never thought about that before buying it, but we’ll be leaving it very soon.

  • Thank you for sharing. My husband is an insurance adjuster and he has been to so many houses where fires could have been easily prevented if the owners had been more careful.

    • I am too. We had a fire in our house when I was younger. Nobody was home at the time, but it was still scary. Thanks goodness my parents home is one of those older homes where all the walls are concrete and not the sheet rock crap that they’re putting up now. The fire Marshall told us that had it been a newer home the damage would have been extensive because the materials used nowadays is not that great.

  • Super important! I keep meaning to plan a family night where we create an exit plan and meeting spot! Thanks for the reminder!

  • This is soooo important for families with small kids! Really any age because when a fire happens most people will freeze up and not be able to do anything unless they have practiced and already have a plan!

  • Being that it is fire safety month, thank you for your tips on helping children to safety! Our local schools have training for the children in a “smoke” house, but having a practiced plan in your own home is so important. Practice crawling around a dark house and touching doors to see if they are hot can be fun and life saving!

  • Fire safety has become such a necessity for us in California lately. With the drought, wild fires sparking where you live is more likely than ever. Having a great resource like this article to show you family is so helpful! Thank you.

  • This is a very big help esp for children to be well informed about what they have to do in times of emergency . This is a very interesting article. Thanks.